Staffer accused of stealing $100K from animal shelter

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. -- A Michigan City woman is facing forgery and theft charges for allegedly stealing money from a local animal shelter.

Police say Jennifer Westphal took more than $100,000 from the Michiana Humane Society.

She no longer works at the Humane Society.

We reached out to the shelter for comment and they sent the following statement:

Michiana Humane Society and SPCA has recently found some irregularities in its financial record keeping.  After a thorough investigation, the Michiana Humane Society has terminated a staff member due to our findings.  Throughout this period of time, our regular services to animals, the public and donors have remained uninterrupted.


We are confident that, throughout this matter, we will move forward with MHS’ mission.  We remain committed to aiding animals in need in our communities. 

The Michiana Humane Society and SPCA is a non-profit animal shelter which cares for approximately 1,500 homeless, abandoned and abused animals annually in La Porte County, IN and Berrien County, MI.  Founded in 1920, MHS does not receive support from any governmental agency; its operations are funded exclusively through private donations. Michiana Humane Society is located at 722 Hwy 212, Michigan City, IN 46360.

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