The Quincy Police Department has concluded its internal investigation of the Quincy Animal Shelter and former manager Issela Navarro has resigned the position.
Quincy police Captain Ryan Green led the investigation that wrapped up just over two weeks ago. He said about 10% of the allegations made by a former employee were found to be true. The other allegations did not have sufficient evidence to be deemed true or false.
Some of the allegations included euthanization of cats with treatable conditions, euthanization of dogs that were deemed too aggressive, improper use of medications, animal abuse and issues of overall cleanliness of the facility.
The police department launched the investigation in mid-March after a former employee shared a presentation detailing the claims in an exit interview. The former employee worked at the shelter for a couple years before resigning in February.
“We’re definitely looking at revamping the policy,” Green said, adding that a new system will be implemented for employees to voice any concerns in the shelter.
The shelter is still in the process of filling the assistant position vacated in February, Green said. And now down a manager too, Animal Shelter Assistant Daniel Reyes remains the only employee at the shelter.
Green, along with Community Services Officer Alan Talbot, have been helping Reyes with shelter duties and will continue to do so until the open positions are filled, said Quincy Police Chief Kieth Siebert.
Interviews for the open shelter assistant position will be happening soon, Siebert said. As for the manager position, the hiring process will start in the coming weeks, but they don’t want to hurry the process.
“We want to make sure we get the right person in there,” Green said.
In the meantime, the Quincy shelter will be consulting with other shelters in the area to ensure they are doing good work.
“I look (forward) to the future and having a well-run organization that cares for the animals,” Siebert said.