Animal Welfare Exec Faces Protests After Dog Nearly Dies

Hundreds of protesters have called for the resignation of a Pennsylvania animal shelter executive director who decided not to rescue a puppy recently found near death.

LNP newspaper reports more than 400 people gathered Sunday outside of the Lancaster County SPCA and demanded Susan Martin's resignation. Protesters claim Martin made the wrong decision when she chose not to prosecute the breeder of a Boston terrier found with severe mange at a southern Lancaster County farm.

An SPCA volunteer had contacted Martin to rescue the dog July 4.

Martin says she was sick at the time and that her staff veterinarian decided the puppy did not need help after examining a photograph.

The volunteer later sought help elsewhere for the puppy, which is now named Libre.

The SPCA board released a statement supporting Martin.

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