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Animal Welfare Group Director Fired After Allegations of Animal Cruelty

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Birmingham area animal welfare group
has fired its director amid allegations of animal cruelty.

John Saxon, an attorney for The Emergency Animal Rescue Service,
or TEARS, said a letter of termination was delivered to executive
director Terra Cotromano.

Cotromano is also the organization's founder.

The Birmingham News reports Thursday there were questions about
expenditures and the treatment of animals at the facility located
in Mulga.

The paper's attempts to reach Cotromano were unsuccessful.

Lee Anne Bennett is vice president of the group's board and
estimated there are about 200 animals at the location, mostly dogs.

Bennett said she believes many of the cats are suffering from
untreated respiratory infections.
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Information from: The Birmingham News,
http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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