Case Against Ex Head of Ala. Animal Group Dropped

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A judge has dismissed the animal cruelty case against the former head of a Birmingham area animal welfare group.

Terra Cotromano was fired from her position as executive director of The Emergency Animal Rescue Service, or TEARS, a year ago.

Her lawyer, Lawden Yates, told The Birmingham News Friday that the case against Cotromano was weak and there was no evidence to
support the charges of animal cruelty.

Cotromano was arrested in March and charged with 20 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a dog or cat. Police officials said at the time that animals they'd seized during a monthlong investigation
were suffering from neglect.

TEARS president Beverly Griffith Lepore says the group is disappointed that the case against Cotromano was dismissed.

Cotromano remains locked in a civil dispute with members of the
TEARS board.

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

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