McDuffie County animal shelter

Operations of the McDuffie County animal shelter are under investigation following allegations of severe animal abuse.

Over the weekend, Maria Salvaggio, founder of 2 Hands Saving 4 Paws animal rescue of Thomson, stepped up her efforts to expose what she alleges is severe animal abuse at the McDuffie County animal shelter.

Salvaggio and several supporters previously appeared before the county’s Board of Commissioners asking questions about how the facility is run. Having not received answers to those questions, she said Sunday that she felt it was time to come forward with what she characterized as evidence of mishandling of local strays.