BREAKING: Spencer County Animal Shelter Will Close Following Torture Accusations

SPENCER COUNTY -- The Spencer County Animal Control Board decided to close the embattled animal shelter at the center of a controversy stemming from accusations cats were frozen to death as a form of euthanasia.  The decision was made Thursday at the board meeting.

WFIE-TV reports director, Christina Payne, has been terminated.  

Prosecutor Daniel Wilson announced in late September that there was "no direct evidence" that cats were put in the freezer, according to the findings of an Indiana State Police investigation. 

He did, however, say, "Some witnesses had received anonymous threats after they were identified in the released report."   He added, " This, in my opinion, likely had a chilling effect on the willingness of some witnesses to fully cooperate and perhaps the willingness of others to come forward."    

*This story is developing.  We will have more information as it becomes available.