Animal Welfare Society Board Members Charged with Animal Cruelty

Columbia, MD: According to CBS Baltimore, two board members who oversaw operations at the nonprofit Animal Welfare Society in Columbia have been charged with 50 counts of animal cruelty each after 165 animals were found to be living in poor conditions in May. Scott Pascucci and Julie Mazurkiewicz, were charged with failing to provide veterinarian care to the animals, fostering unsanitary living conditions and causing pain and suffering. Many of the animals removed were in poor health. They were transferred to Howard county’s Animal Control facility for veterinary evaluations and care, in the hope that some would be well enough to be adopted. However, some of them were too sick to survive and had to be euthanized.

About Susan Nilson

Susan Nilson began her career with Reuters in London, England, and has over 15 years’ editorial experience in print and digital publications across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is currently managing editor of BARKS from the Guild. She is also a companion animal behavior consultant and trainer (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and an accredited professional canine behavior consultant (Pet Professional Accreditation Board).

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