Meriden Humane Society Director Forged Animal Certificate: Police

Meriden Police

The director of a Connecticut animal shelter has been charged with forging a rabies certificate.

Officials from the Meriden Police Department said Marlena DiBianco turned herself in on Wednesday and she has been charged with forgery in the second degree.

Police launched an investigation in April 2015 after allegations of misconduct were made against DiBianco, the director of the Meriden Humane Society.

Police said DiBianco forged the rabies vaccination certificate before the animal was adopted by a person who believed the animal had been vaccinated.

The Meriden Humane Society board of directors said this appears to be a "singular case" involving "a single animal."

"We are dedicated to these animals and do everything within our power to ensure they receive all the medical care that they are not only legally required but the care they deserve. We would never put the lives of these animals, their adoptive families, our staff, volunteers & the community in jeopardy," the board said.

It's not clear if DiBianco has a lawyer. She was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 20.

The full Meriden Humane Society board of directors statement can be found here

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