Fighting, horseplay, unreported accidents: You might expect those kinds of antics at the local animal shelter, but not from the staff.
Ten employees at Citrus County Animal Control recently filed a complaint claiming the animal services director permitted and even baited such unprofessional behavior.
Their complaint described offensive language, unreported vehicle collisions, bullying and even a fight in the parking lot, the latter resulting when an animal control officer mocked a fellow employee for balking at taking a cat’s head to the lab for rabies testing. The employee reportedly grabbed him by the shirt collar.
Following an investigation, the director resigned, several employees received suspensions or reprimands, and two employees faced possible firing.
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