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Law firm: Animal control worker fired for uncovering animal abuse

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A Mid-Michigan animal control worker filed a lawsuit, saying she was fired after uncovering alleged animal abuse at the facility.

Karen Dombrowski reported negligence and animal abuse at the Genesee County Animal Control and shortly after was fired, the law firm of Burgess Sharp & Golden said in a press release.

She worked at the animal control center as a deputy animal control director from Jan. 7 to Feb. 4.

“Some of the animals had been administered narcotics which were well past their expiration date and a dog was left for dead. Dombrowski saw immediately that the drugs did not work and nursed the dog back to health and he is alive and healthy today, living in a foster home,” the press release said.

Dombrowski first reported the negligence to the animal control director Paul Wallace shortly after she starting working at the facility, the law firm said, adding she was then fired on Feb. 4.

The whistle blower lawsuit is scheduled for March 5 at the Genesee County Courthouse in Flint.

Meanwhile, Dombrowski said the fight is not about money, rather the animals still inside animal control.

"I want better treatment of animals in Genesee County and I want proper management and people that are trained to perform their duties that they are hired to do," Dombrowski said.

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