Indiana County Humane Officer Lisa Wier has pleaded guilty to forging a veterinarian’s name on a certificate affirming that a shelter dog had been neutered when it in fact hadn’t.
Appearing before Indiana County Judge Thomas Bianco on Friday, Wier, 49, admitted that she signed Dr. Robyn Barton’s name on the certificate in 2012. Wier also is the Indiana County Humane Society’s shelter manager. Barton had provided veterinary services to the shelter.
Her name and forged signature appeared on a certificate stating that one of the shelter’s dogs had been neutered. It hadn’t, however, something that was discovered by the family that had adopted it.
When Barton learned of the forged signature, she filed a complaint with the humane society’s board of directors. But the board didn’t act, she said, and therefore she filed a complaint with the state police, which then opened an investigation into the matter.
Wier had been facing a count of misdemeanor forgery as a result of the investigation, but through a plea agreement with prosecutors, she accepted a lesser count of access device fraud.
She was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine.
At the time of the incident, Wier served as the humane society’s executive director. She previously had denied signing Barton’s name on the certificate.