Workers blaming Pets in Need in criminal case over puppy deaths

Shelter Manager Patty Santana, pictured here in Pets In Need’s 2019 annual report, is one of three employees charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and neglect for the deaths of seven puppies.

By BRADEN CARTWRIGHT
Daily Post Staff Writer

Three Pets in Need employees who are facing criminal charges for bringing a van full of dogs to the Palo Alto Animal Shelter on a hot day without air conditioning — resulting in the deaths of seven puppies — are shifting blame to Pets In Need and arguing that they have already been traumatized enough.

The employees — Maggie Evans, Ingrid Hartmann and Patty Santana — are making their case in court to go into a diversion program, which would let them do community service to get charges of animal cruelty and neglect dismissed.

And while Pets In Need is paying for their lawyers, those …

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