SPANISH FORK — Board members at the South Utah Valley Animal Shelter presented a policy Wednesday night that clarifies what is involved in the release of animals to rescue groups.

The public meeting was the first to take place since complaints were made on Sunday regarding the euthanization of puppies at the shelter, but board members said the policies presented Wednesday night had already been on the schedule for months and were not a result of the complaints.

A rescue volunteer, Melissa Zobell, raised a complaint when 10 animals were euthanized on Saturday, including several dogs for whom she had expressed interest in finding homes. Zobell said she thought the euthanizations took place as a personal attack against her in retaliation for a previous disagreement between her and the shelter.

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Though several community members and representatives of rescue groups were in attendance at the meeting, comments were not made in reference to last week's incident. One volunteer expressed continued concern for the situation but declined to raise the issue at the meeting.

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