MERIDEN — Over a year and a half after being accused of forging a rabies certificate, former Meriden Humane Society director Marlena DiBianco learned the case against her was dismissed in court Wednesday.
“Justice has been served and I’m very happy about it,” DiBianco said.
DiBianco was charged with second-degree forgery Sept. 7, 2016. Two months later, she was voted out as the director of the Meriden Humane Society, after 24 years of service, amid concerns that the non-profit, no-kill shelter was going to be ousted from its Murdock Avenue facility.
Officials from the Meriden Humane Society could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
The charges stemmed from a volunteer claiming they witnessed DiBianco forge a rabies certificate for a non-vaccinated cat in 2015. A police investigation soon followed “based on a broad range of misconduct,” according to DiBianco’s arrest warrant.
From the beginning, DiBianco denied the charge.
“It is something I have never done,” DiBianco said. “There was absolutely no evidence to this and all the charges were wrong. I should have never been brought up on this charge at all.”
George Rodriguez, an attorney representing DiBianco, said he made a motion for a speedy trial after the prosecution failed to provide the falsified document.
“The prosecutor, for the last year, has been unable to produce a forged document or anything to support their position,” Rodriguez said. “Prosecution was not able to present a case and the case was dismissed.”
While vindicated by the dismissal, DiBianco said the damage to her reputation has already been done.
”I don’t think anyone’s name can ever be cleared... It’s already been dragged through the mud,” DiBianco said. “It’s had a lot of impact on me. It really has, a lot.”