Campbell County officials ask TBI to investigate animal shelter

Campbell County officials ask TBI to investigate animal shelter

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The shelter has been at the center of a controversy over allegations of neglect and abuse. The shelter has been at the center of a controversy over allegations of neglect and abuse.

JACKSBORO (WATE) - Campbell County officials are asking the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into allegations of neglect and abuse at the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center.

The animal shelter has been the center of a storm of controversy after former and current employees spoke out against the shelter's director, Betty Crumley.

Among the accusations, employees say that Crumley did not give animals enough sedative or euthanasia drug when putting animals down. They also said she did not provide adequate heat or bedding for the animals.

On Tuesday, Campbell County Mayor William Baird, Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins and the district attorney's office all requested that TBI get involved.

"We are all seriously concerned about the allegations involving the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center and we will not tolerate anything less than a thorough inquiry and investigation," the group said in a news release.

Officials said their agencies had been on a "fact-finding mission into those claims," but said they had no evidence to substantiate the claims.

"However we are all cognizant of the fact and agree together, that an investigation by outside source would be beneficial for all agencies involved, as well as Campbell County citizens," the group said in the release.

The Veterinary Medical Board is already conducting a regulatory investigation into the shelter.

All shelter employees have been placed on administrative leave until further notice and no one outside of the Campbell County Mayor's Office has access to the facility.

The officials thanked the public for their concern, but asked citizens not to contact the shelter's controversial director, who has been the subject of death threats.

"We ask together, due to the sensitive nature of the investigation and the allegations, that the public be respectful and discontinue the personal contact, harassment, and/or intimidation of Betty Crumley or any other present or former animal center employee," the group said.

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