ARD rejected for ex-humane officer
May 21, 2013 11:00 AM

The former humane officer accused of forging a signature on an Indiana County Humane Society document has been denied admission to the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program, Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty said Monday.

Lisa M. Wier, 49, will face a single count of forgery in the Indiana County Court of Common Pleas.

Her criminal call is scheduled for Aug. 2.

Wier waived her preliminary hearing before District Judge Susanne Steffee in March after receiving an offer of admission to the ARD program, her attorney, Christopher Welch, said in March. But Dougherty said he denied the application on May 8 because all parties were not in agreement to the terms of the program.

Wier was charged in February with forging the name of veterinarian Dr. Robyn Barton on a document certifying that a dog at the humane society’s shelter had been neutered — but it hadn’t. Barton was the shelter’s veterinarian at the time the certificate was issued in June 2012.

Dougherty said everyone, including Barton, needed to be in agreement before the ARD application could be approved.

But one of the terms of the program is that, after the completion of the program and probation, Wier’s record would be expunged — a sticking point for Barton, he said.

She did not agree to the application, so it was denied, he said.

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