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December 08, 2005

An Indiana woman says she was suspended from her job for trying to save a squirrel trapped in the ceiling of the library where she works.

Cindee Goetz reportedly contacted a friend who owns an animal-removal business about the squirrel after a company hired by the library tried using a trap that would kill it.

Goetz said her employers accused her of circumventing the chain of command and paying more attention to the animal than to her job, the Associated Press reports.

Judy Hamilton, the library's executive director, said the suspension followed other animal problems with Goetz, and that the library had to be most concerned about the safety of its visitors and the possible cost of damage by the squirrel.

"I don't want that squirrel to die, either, but I can't allow a live animal to be headquartered in that building," Hamilton said. "It's a severe situation I can't ignore. I'm not running a squirrel condominium here."

Goetz said that she was reprimanded last year for caring for an abandoned bird during work breaks while keeping it in a garage at the library branch in LaPorte. The owner of an animal shelter, Goetz said she planned to return to her job after the one-week suspension.

Source: The Associated Press via

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