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SPENCER COUNTY, Ind. — The Spencer County Animal Control Board has released a statement following accusations that the county animal shelter euthanized unwanted cats by placing them in a freezer. 

The statement sent to WFIE in Evansville by the Lindsey Law Office appears to acknowledge that something against shelter policy took place, and that the group is now making policy changes as a result.

“The Spencer County Animal Control Board was formed to oversee and set policy for the operation of the Spencer County Animal Shelter. The mission of the shelter is to provide a facility for humane care and treatment of stray and unwanted domesticated animals. 

The Board acknowledges that actions have occurred that are fundamentally opposed to that mission. In response, the Board has carefully reviewed its policies and has adopted new policies and procedures to address these unacceptable actions.

The Spencer County Animal Control Board remains committed to providing humane care and treatment of animals in Spencer County.” 

The statement comes after the county opened an investigation into claims by former employees that the shelter placed cats in a freezer to die. Click here to read WIBC’s story from Monday. 

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating and has turned the case over to the county prosecutor. As of Monday afternoon, charges have not been filed.

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