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Va. closes wildlife rehab center, leader to resign

Thursday - 9/13/2012, 12:10pm  ET

ROANOKE, Va. - The director of a wildlife rehabilitation center in Roanoke County is stepping down after the state yanked the facility's permits.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries closed Roanoke Wildlife Rescue last week and seized turtles, a groundhog and other animals from the center.

Director Dorothy Runion tells The Roanoke Times ( that she plans to resign her supervisory position. She says the state agency gave her no indication that it had concerns.

Permit manager Jim Husband says the agency cited Runion for practicing veterinary medicine without supervision, bad record-keeping and other violations.

Most of the seized animals were taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro.

Runion says her operation will continue to accept donations and provide supplies for at-home rehabilitators.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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