A hearing scheduled Monday, August 22 regarding the Lancaster County District Attorney’s petition to suspend Susan Martin, an animal cruelty officer and executive director of the Lancaster County SPCA, has been canceled.

Martin, who was under fire for lack of oversight in an animal cruelty case involving a Boston terrier, has voluntarily resigned.

District Attorney Craig Stedman said in a statement, “We are confident this would have been the end result of the scheduled hearing. The order’s effect makes that hearing moot.”

Stedman said he looks forward to a more involved, professional, and collaborative approach to resolving animal cruelty matters, and stronger animal cruelty law enforcement in Lancaster County. He said he is “eager” to work with lawmakers to establish more stringent compliance when responding to animal cruelty.

“In addition, we are in the process of developing a countywide training regimen for all officers whom will be involved in these…

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