L.I. Animal Rescue Activist Charged With Euthanizing Dogs Without Vet License

Mona Kanciper also accused of performing illegal acts in front of minors

Thursday, Aug 26, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
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Animal Rescue Activist Accused of Animal Cruelty

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Mona Kanciper

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The founder of a group that rescues unwanted horses faces animal cruelty charges for allegedly euthanizing three dogs without a veterinarian's license.

Mona Kanciper of Manorville, on eastern Long Island, also was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children. Officials said she performed the euthanization in front of minors.

Kanciper denies all the allegations.

Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA did not identify the children or their relationship to the woman.

Gross said the Suffolk County SPCA initially looked into allegations in December 2009 that horses had been improperly euthanized. Gross said there was no evidence to support that.

Kanciper identifies herself on a website as president of New York Horse Rescue.

Attorney Paul Gianelli said his client is "determined to defend herself vigorously.'' She's due back in court on Sept. 30.

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