Hempstead Town spokesman Mike Deery says the acting director, Pat Horan, was removed from her position Monday while officials investigate. He insists the video is at least 17 years old because one of the employees depicted has not worked for the town in that time.
He said Horan, who earns more than $92,000 annually, was not available to comment. He did not know if she had an attorney. She does not face criminal charges.
The video shows employees, including Horan, laughing and making obscene gestures while preparing the kitten to be euthanized.
The shelter is being investigated for alleged abuse by workers.