Anonymous letter raises concerns against CASPCA conditions

Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 5:41 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 12:42 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A coalition of former and current Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA employees and volunteers is voicing a number of alleged issues through an anonymous letter.

The coalition says animal conditions inside the shelter are “concerning” among many other problems.

The letter also alleges that the current executive director created a hostile work environment, causing quick turnover.

Examples of the concerns listed in the letter are that animals were living in unhealthy conditions, with some being found living in their own feces and urine, and with large dogs being housed for many days crates that were too small.

The Board of Directors of the CASPCA has received the letter and is in the process of reviewing its contents.

The CASPCA says its board takes seriously its commitment to the organization and its mission to provide compassionate treatment for the animals in its care.

Update 1/27/23:

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA has provided a response to the anonymous letter:

It is with great regret that we find it necessary to respond to a letter written to the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA Board of Directors concerning the management of the organization and the poor treatment of the animals by former and current staff and volunteers.

CASPCA Chief Executive Officer Angie Gunter enjoys positive feedback from the community and has the full support of the Board of Directors. Her commitment to the animals has been exemplary, and she is committed to the wellbeing of the staff.

SPCA reports animal custody records to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) on an annual basis as required by law, and is inspected by the Office of State Veterinarians to ensure that all facets of the care being provided are compliant with Virginia law. There has been no evidence of animal neglect or cruelty.

We will continue to work closely with the Board, the staff, the volunteers and the community with the goal of making the shelter a better place for the animals and the staff that come to work every day. Once we have a time for reflection, we will build relationships based on trust, innovation and best practices.

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