MANATEE -- A Manatee County Animal Services employee has resigned after a second allegation of misconduct has surfaced.
George Vitoritt resigned Wednesday while the department was in the midst of investigating the second allegation against him, according to Animal Services Chief Kris Weiskopf.
The allegations are still being investigated, Weiskopf said, but they are being handled by Public Safety Director Ron Koper, who oversees the department.
Koper would not give details of the new allegations brought against Vitoritt.
"There are other parts of the complaint other than the part that deals with him," Koper said. "I am evaluating
these two complaints for any areas of improvement across the entire department. I want to make sure it's not a system problems and just this individual."
The initial complaint against Vitoritt, which alleged he kicked a dog and threw a chair at it in front of a potential adopter, was made in late June.
That complaint was also filed with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Its investigation into possible animal abuse is still ongoing, said spokesman Dave Bristow.
In that incident, the dog, named Happy Feet, was cage-stressed and attempted to defend his territory, Koper previously wrote to a concerned citizen.
Vitoritt had used appropriate behavior to regain dominance of the yard by extending his leg toward the dog and firmly commanding it to heel, but the dog bit him on the leg and knee, Koper wrote.
The potential adopter disagreed with the official account.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.