The director of Brookhaven town's animal shelter is stepping down and blaming the town budget as her reason for departure, according to a report published Monday in Newsday.
Dori Scofield, who has held the position for two years, told Newsday: "The budget has kept me limited as to what I can do. If I had more staff, I could continue to save more lives." According to the report, the town's animal shelter costs $1.6 million a year to run the shelter, but its budget was set to be cut by $100,000 in the coming year as Brookhaven copes with financial woes.
In a statement to Newsday, acting Brookhaven supervisor Kathy Walsh said Scofield had done an outstanding job. "She will be missed, but we have already started the process of finding a new director and hope to have one in place very soon," Walsh said.
Scofield, who earned a salary of $91,600 from the town, said she is planning to focus her efforts on her work with Save-a-Pet Animal Rescue.
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