More allegations against Campbell County animal shelter director

More allegations against Campbell County animal shelter director

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Controversy continues at the Campbell County animal shelter after abuse allegations. Controversy continues at the Campbell County animal shelter after abuse allegations.
"I was disturbed that in that entire time, five years, she had not undertaken to get the heat fixed," Terry Basista said. "I was disturbed that in that entire time, five years, she had not undertaken to get the heat fixed," Terry Basista said.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - More allegations are surfacing against Campbell County animal shelter director Betty Crumley.

Attorney and former Campbell County animal control board member Terry Basista says he started hearing complaints about the shelter a year ago. Basista says he didn't believe the stories until he visited the kennels on a cold day in February and talked with Crumley himself.

"I made an inquiry of her why the heat isn't on. She told me there had never been any heat on in the building, that the building had been constructed without heat," Basista said Thursday. 

Basista says he knew that wasn't true. 

"I knew the concrete floor had been designed with heating elements in it so that the animals would not be laying on cold, bare concrete," he said.

Basista said he immediately talked to the mayor, who got a repairman out to fix the heating system in the kennels last month and show Crumley how to work it. 

"I was disturbed that in that entire time, five years, she had not undertaken to get the heat fixed," he said.

Though Basista said he was replaced on the animal control board about the same time he talked to the mayor, he attended one of their meetings just last week.

"One of the officers that does the euthanization admitted they didn't have tranquilizer, they had never used tranquilizer," he said. "Tranquilizing is recommended because that sedates the dog. You don't have to manhandle the dog or use catch poles on them to hold them down while they're euthanized."

Basista says the records he saw showed animals were only given one third of the recommended dose of the euthanasia drug.

"We're using a double dose than we used to use," animal control officer Otis Pool told 6 News on Wednesday. 

"Double what they were using means they're still only using 2/3 of what they need," Basista said.

He believes the majority of the shelter's problems can be fixed under new leadership.

"I feel bad I was on that board for four or five years and I didn't know about it. I didn't do anything about it either. I assumed everything was being done properly," he said.

Crumley did not respond Wednesday to a request to comment, other than to say she has done nothing wrong.

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