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Carter Luke with his dog Teddy. Luke will retire at the end of 2019
Carter Luke with his dog Teddy. Luke will retire at the end of 2019MSPCA

The president and CEO of MSPCA-Angell will be retiring at the end of 2019 after 33 years with the organization and 13 years as its head, officials announced Wednesday.

Carter Luke announced his retirement in a town hall-style meeting to employees of the MSPCA-Angell Wednesday, expressing excitement for the future of the organization, the MSPCA said in a statement.

Carter worked on several animal initiatives, most notably co-leading research on animal-violence, helping to ban greyhound racing, and passing Question 3, an animal rights initiative, on the 2016 state ballot, the statement said.

“He co-led a research project with Northeastern University to study the link between human violence and animal abuse — because until that time no one had researched whether a connection had even existed. The study found that those who abuse animals are much more likely to commit other crimes, from theft to assault to murder,” the MSPCA said.

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Luke oversaw 400 employees who treated 100,000 animals annually. He has also lobbied for animal rights, including helping to make animal cruelty a felony in 2004.

“Luke remains most proud of his work to embed the organization’s core values — compassion, integrity, collaboration, excellence, service and positivity — into the MSPCA’s fabric,” the statement said.

The MSPCA board will look for a new leader, who is expected to begin Jan. 1, 2020.


Sabrina Schnur can be reached at sabrina.schnur@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sabrina_schnur.