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Jan 19, 2010 10:46 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Animal shelter employee destroyed records

Jan 19, 2010 10:46 AM

A former employee of the Southampton Town Animal Shelter in Hampton Bays was arrested for destroying shelter records after she was laid off, according to Southampton Town Police.

Police said Jeanine Susan Sullivan, 41, of Rocky Point, a former clerk at the shelter, threw a number of DVDs that contained records into a Dumpster near the Old Riverhead Road shelter at about 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, immediately after she was laid off as a result of the shelter’s recent privatization.

Another shelter employee told police that some of the DVDs were recovered, but that approximately 30 to 35 were lost. The lost discs contained about 600 hours of recordings of dogs taken for liability purposes over the past three years. They were meant to display the temperaments of the animals, and were kept as proof that the dogs were suitable for adoption, according to a police report of the incident.

Ms. Sullivan was arrested by Southampton Town Police at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 18, after she turned herself in at police headquarters in Hampton Bays. She was charged with second-degree tampering with public records, a misdemeanor, according to police.

Ms. Sullivan was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court that day and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

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