Humane Society director on leave after paying $1,000 for purebred puppy

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The director of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society has been put on leave after animal activists criticized her for paying a breeder $1,000 for a purebred collie puppy rather than adopting a rescue dog.

Activists say in an online petition that Joy Braunstein should be fired.

Supporters launched a counter petition, and Braunstein says she’s done nothing wrong. She even went to the police, who cited two of her detractors for harassment. Those women are denying wrongdoing, too.

Braunstein tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the criticism is “insane and ridiculous and scary.”

Anthony Pardo, a member of the animal shelter’s board, says Braunstein is on paid leave “to get her out of the limelight while we try to figure out what’s happened and formulate a proper response.”

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