MILLVILLE, Utah (AP) — A group of former volunteers is seeking to stop a northern Utah animal shelter from accepting additional cats and dogs, claiming it has mistreated the animals.

KSL-TV reports the former volunteers sent a letter to the president of Four Paws Rescue in Millville, saying the number of animals is too many for the shelter to handle.

The group claims the animals are left in small crates for extended periods of time.

Shelter president Lisa Shaw has denied the allegations, saying the volunteers are "disgruntled."

According to city records, an animal control officer found Shaw's home to be in violation of city ordinance due to the 51 cats and several dogs that were on the property.

Shaw says she was unaware of the ordinance and is working to get a permit.


Information from: KSL-TV,