Victim's parents pay Harrisburg animal-control tab

Posted: January 06, 2012

HARRISBURG - The parents of a woman murdered more than four years ago stepped forward Thursday to pay a past-due animal-rescue bill that had led officials to tell police to kill, dump, or adopt stray animals.

Vincent and Margaret Moran of Tempe, Ariz., told the Harrisburg Patriot-News they would cover the city's $800 balance with the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area. Their daughter, Darlene Ewalt, was stabbed to death in her home outside the city in 2007.

The newspaper said the Humane Society stopped serving the city in October because of the outstanding bill, but with the bill paid, a new contract was expected to be signed. The Patriot-News reported this week that city police were ordered to kill, dump, or adopt stray animals because the cash-strapped city lacked an animal-control contract. - AP

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