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A former coordinator for volunteers and foster care at the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department has filed a lawsuit alleging she was fired last fall in retaliation for blowing the whistle on a top agency official’s practice of sending highly adoptable dogs to unlicensed, illegal shelters in Colorado for a profit.
The lawsuit filed by Joan “Bet” Lotosky comes at a time when the city is preparing to settle a whistleblower case filed six months ago by two other top Animal Welfare officials.
The 140-employee department, which is under new management with the election of Mayor Tim Keller, has endured several years of controversy over top managers’ decisions on whether to adopt potentially dangerous dogs to the public and other practices.
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