The former director of the Albany Humane Society was arrested Wednesday and charged with cruelty to an animal according to our NBC sister station WALB.

Albany Police said Andy Sartiano was accused of telling a humane society employee to improperly euthanize a cat in August by telling them to break the cat's neck -- which was against the agency's protocol.

Sartiano was fired a short time afterward because "she did not perform her duties."

WALB says a formal contract exists between the shelter, Albany Animal Control and the Albany Police Department to dispose of animals in a humane and proper manner.

Sartiano is presently in the Dougherty County Jail. Police said additional charges may be pending. An investigation is still underway in the case.