Monmouth County SPCA Chief Victor “Buddy”Amato resigned on Wednesday after news of a lawsuit alleging that he regularly sent racist, homophobic and sexist text messages to the agencies employees was broken by BuzzFeedNews.
Amato told News12 that the lawsuit prompted him to submit his retirement papers six months earlier than planned.
Monmouth SPCA President and CEO Jerry Rosenthal released a statement saying, “The Monmouth County SPCA has a zero tolerance policy against discrimination and harassment. These allegations have been taken very seriously and have been under a thorough investigation.”
The lawsuit was filed by John H. Sanders of the Shebell & Shebell lawfirm in Shrewsbury on behalf of Suzanne Des Marias. In addition to Amato, the SPCA, Daren Harber, Arlene Opatut and 1-25 John/Jane Does are named as defendants.