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Possible embezzlement at CNY SPCA being investigated

Ellen Abbott
Central New York SPCA in Syracuse.

The Onondaga County District Attorney’s office is investigating a case of possible embezzlement at the Central New York SPCA.

Former Onondaga County Executive Nick Pirro is the treasurer for the CNY SPCA Board of Directors. He went to the DA’s office July 11 with suspicions that something wasn’t right with the books.

"In the operation of being the treasurer, things were brought to my attention. Other things were on my radar screen, and putting them together, I felt it was necessary to have somebody with expertise look at it,” Pirro said, in an interview with WRVO News.

Since then, investigators have confiscated the nonprofit’s computers and some records, and two employees have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. Pirro would not comment any further on the investigation.

Pirro said even though a trust has been broken within the organization, the work of the shelter continues and he and asks the community to continue to support it.

"There’s 320 animals here that have to be taken care of, and everybody is stepping up to keep the operation going at 100 percent, which it is. And I think anybody that comes here will see that.”

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.