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St. George animal shelter worker demoted for alledged misconduct

By Paul Foy, Associated Press | Posted - Aug 22nd, 2013 @ 4:32pm

SALT LAKE CITY — The manager of an animal shelter in St. George has been demoted for unprofessional conduct, but a report filed by police supervisors largely dismissed allegations of animal abuse at the shelter.

The report issued Thursday says David Vane was demoted to animal-control officer, suspended for two days without pay and placed under close monitoring.

Supervisors questioned Vane's personal skills and said he alienated volunteers and others. But it found no wrongdoing, except for Vane's practice of hosing down kennels with dogs still inside the cages. The report says Vane didn't immediately obey an order to stop this practice, but acknowledged it saved time at a chaotic shelter.

The city report dismisses rumors of animal abuse. One allegation had Vane washing puppies down a kennel drain. Police say a stray dog gave birth more than 10 years ago and dropped some puppies down a drain.

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