SPCA Director threatens lawsuit over apparent firing

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A special board meeting at the CNY SPCA is scheduled for Wednesday night— the same day that the executive director claimed that she was fired.

Kerrin Conklin says she’s preparing a lawsuit against the shelter, claiming they fired her without giving her the chance to defend herself.

NewsChannel 9 has reached out to board members for their side and has yet to hear back.

Conklin says her spouse, also a board member, notified her that she had been fired in connection with the euthanization of 14 cats.

Conklin tells NewsChannel 9 that she okayed the euthanization after the cats were exposed to a confirmed ringworm case and a few other cats started showing symptoms, but says to kill any animal is a last resort and the decision was in consultation with other shelter workers.

She said she’s most upset about the fact that she wasn’t given the chance to defend herself and wasn’t questioned about the accusations.

Conklin’s alleged firing happened only five months after she replaced Paul Morgan, the former executive director who was sent to prison for embezzling from the organization.

Conklin says she hopes to go back to the SPCA instead of filing a lawsuit.
 

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