Md. Animal Control Employee Faces Ethics Complaint

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — An ethics complaint has been filed against a Frederick County Animal Control employee who appears in a video praising a pet advocacy organization she co-directs.

The Frederick News-Post reports that Diana Culp was at the county animal control shelter when she appeared in an interview touting the new group, the fledgling Humane Society for Shelter Pets. Culp says in the video that more money donated to the Humane Society of the United States should be used as intended.

Culp says she wasn’t on the clock at the time.

The Humane Society of the United States sent a letter to the county complaining. They say Culp’s claims were harmful.

Cary Smith, a Frederick resident and former Humane Society employee, filed a conflict-of-interest complaint with the county ethics commission.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Laura Shenk

    She is absolutely right, and I’m glad she is speaking out about it. What HSUS does is fraud. They run those commercials showing puppies and kittens in shelters, and they give less than 1% of what is raised to shelters. WJZ should do a story on it, or at least a segment telling people how to research charities before donating. It would be very timely, as many people make contributions at the end of the year.

  • Kimberly Blackwell

    @ laura i was getting ready to say the exact same thing all those commercials of them abused animals kill ya looking at them people feel bad send money and watta ya no they dont even use it for the animals someone should investigate it

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