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Virginia Beach SPCA wildlife program suspended

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ wildlife rehabilitation program has been temporarily suspended for allegedly violating reporting guidelines related to bald eagles.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2rPfGbN ) that according to the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, SPCA employee Cara Stutzman didn’t immediately tell the state that a bald eagle was shot when it was found in Chesapeake earlier this month. It’s also alleged that Stutzman didn’t notify the state and federal government within 24 hours that she had a bald eagle in her possession.

As a result, the state wildlife rehabilitation permits of Stutzman and other staff have been suspended.

Virginia Beach SPCA president Dia DuVernet says there is “no excuse” for the mistakes. However, she says the SPCA plans to appeal the decision.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com