Former animal welfare sues city for whistleblower firing


CLAIMS SHE WAS FIRED FOR TRYING TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC, AND NOW SHE )S SUING. NEWS 13 )S RACHEL KNAPP IS LIVE AT THE EASTSIDE ANIMAL SHELTER WITH DETAILS ON THE LAWSUIT, RACHEL. DEAN AND JESSICA, THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED TWO DAYS AGO. VICTORIA MURPHY, INSISTS SHE WAS FIRED FOR DOING TIHE RIGHT THING… BUT SHE DOESN )T WANT MONEY… NATS dogs barking THE ALBUQUERQUE ANIMAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN UNDER SCRUTINY FOR YEARS. SEVERAL INSPECTOR GENERAL INVESTIGATIONS FOUND THE SHELTER AND THEIR FORMER DIRECTOR, BARBAR BRUIN, IN THE WRONG FOR ADOPTING OUT DANGEROUS DOGS TO FAMILIES. NAT pop dogs barking NOW, A NEW LAWSUIT CLAIMS FORMER ANIMAL WELFARE WORKER, VICTORIA MURPHY, WAS FIRED FOR BLOWING THE WHISTLE ON THIS DANGEROUS PRACTICE. NATS POP sound of pages snapping MURPHY SAYS IN 2014 SHE WENT TO BRUIN, WHO WAS HER BOSS AT THE TIME, AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL )S OFFICE… CONCERNED THE SHELTER WAS ADOPTING OUT DANGEROUS DOGS… MURPHY SAYS SHE WAS FIRED A WEEK AFTER SPEAKING OUT, SHE CLAIMS THE CITY VIOLATED THE NEW MEXICO WHISTLEBLOWER ACT… WHICH PROTECTS EMPLOYEES FROM NOTIFYING AUTHORITIES OF WRONGDOING. Barbara Bruin file video”We don )t believe those dogs are fundamentally unsafe” IN 2015 INTERVIEW, BRUIN ARGUED THAT DOGS SHOULDN )T BE PUT DOWN OR NOT ADOPTED BECAUSE THEY FAILED A BEHAVIOR TEST. “There )s always disagreements, but in these cases, the dogs were still we felt adoptable or could go to another rescue…” SHE STEPPED DOWN SOON AFTER A CITY INVESTIGATION IN 2015 FOUND (SHE HAD ,INDEED, TOOK DOGS LABELED DANGEROUS OFF THE SUGGESTED KILL LIST … TO ADOPT THEM OUT. THE LAWSUIT ALSO LISTS FORMER ANIMAL WELFARE EMPLOYEES WHO SAY THEY )VE ALSO FACED RETAILIATION FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE SHELTER. NAT POP dog file barking IN A BRIEF PHONE CONVERSATION WITH MURPHY )S ATTORNEY, HE SAYS SHE JUST WANTS HER VOICE TO BE HEARD. THE ANIMAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY CAN )T COMMENT ON PERSONNEL MATTERS. WE ALSO CALLED MURPHY )S ATTORNEY BUT OUR CALLS WEREN )T RETURNED. BACK TO YOU. THANK YOU, RACHEL. MURPHY IS NOT ASKING FOR ANY MONEY IN THE LAWSUIT… ONLY ASKING FOR THE SHELTER TO ADMIT THAT THEIR PRACTICES HAVE BEEN UNLAWFUL. SHE ALSO HOPES TO GET HER JOB BACK. WE HAVEN )T SEEN THIS MUCH RAIN IN A LONG TIME.

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  1. You guys need a story? Governor Martinez is going to make an appearance at San Juan college high school under the library of San Juan college in Farmington. BE THERE AT 8:25

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