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Solicitor's office declines charges on former Lee County animal director

Published: Feb. 5, 2015 at 1:57 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2015 at 1:59 AM EST
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LEE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Third Circuit Solicitor's Office has declined charges on the former Lee County animal director after a botched surgery of a family pet, WIS has learned.

In November, SLED received a complaint from the owner of Sylvester the cat who underwent neutering surgery.

"We picked him up, and a few days later, he just started deteriorating," Diane Giddings said in November. "He wasn't eating, wasn't using his litter box, wasn't active at all, and wasn't moving."

Giddings said she took Sylvester to the veterinarian who Doris Winstead said performed the surgery only to find out he'd never seen the cat before.

"Our local vet said he did not do the surgery," Diane said in November. "He said he was infected. There's an open wound still very open. There's a scabbed up incision, and he's very swollen. The vet couldn't even tell me if he had been neutered or not."

Solicitor Ernest Finney tell WIS there is not enough evidence to charge the former director with anything.

Winstead resigned from the Lee County Animal Shelter in January.

Winstead has declined previous requests for comment.

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