Board irons out shelter details as TBI wraps up investigation in

Board irons out shelter details as TBI wraps up investigation into director

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The board met to discuss the future of the Adrion Baird Animal Center, which has been closed since April. The board met to discuss the future of the Adrion Baird Animal Center, which has been closed since April.
"Everyone has something to add. We all have a different perspective because we all do different things regarding the animal shelter," said board member Patricia Simpson, who is also a member of Friends of Campbell County animals. "Everyone has something to add. We all have a different perspective because we all do different things regarding the animal shelter," said board member Patricia Simpson, who is also a member of Friends of Campbell County animals.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) – More than three months have passed since the Campbell County Animal Shelter closed its doors amid a TBI investigation.

In April the county mayor shut down the Adrian Baird shelter in Jacksboro after claims that shelter director Betty Crumley wasn't giving enough sedative or euthanasia drugs when putting animals down.

Tuesday night the Animal Shelter Advisory Board met for the second time since the shelter closed.

During the regularly scheduled meeting an argument erupted between a citizen and members of the board.

Frank Jones told the board members he has half a dozen stray cats and dogs running through his property and nowhere to take them.

"If the President were under investigation would you shut down the country?" Jones asked the board.

But the Animal Advisory Board has no power to reopen the shelter, a fact Chairman Dr. Mike Garret pointed out.

"You're talking to the wrong people about it. You have to talk to the Mayor," Dr. Garret tried to explain.

The frustration with the situation and the mayor is evident on the board, but the power to do anything about the current situation lies solely in the hands of Mayor William Baird who refuses to do anything until the completion of the TBI investigation.

Tuesday night's meeting was not about the past or current problems with the animal shelter but its future.

Six members of the board met to reevaluate the county's animal shelter protocols and procedures.

The shelter's director Betty Crumley was not present although she was at last month's meeting.

The board went line by line to rewrite each ordinance to ensure that when the shelter does reopen there are no questions over the proper protocol. The process taking some time as each board member offers a different perspective.

"Everyone has something to add, we all have a different perspective because we all do different things regarding the animal shelter," explained Patricia Simpson, with Friends of Campbell County Animals and a member of the Animal Advisory Board. "From a rescue stand point of course we're going to see it differently from a business standpoint or financial stand point. So everybody needs to be able to have their opinions voice and actually thought about."

In the meantime Simpson and the FCCA have been taking on the role of the animal shelter, spaying and neutering animals and helping adopt out strays.

Strays like the ones bothering Jones.

"If they want to investigate the people. Fine. Investigate them. That's what they should do. But shut the shelter down? That's ridiculous," said Jones.

Board members understand Jones' frustration but also understand the need for the investigation.

The mayor says he has two or three plans depending on the outcome of the TBI investigation that are ready to be implemented as soon as it is complete. He would not elaborate on those plans.

County Commissioner Tom Hatmaker said in Tuesday's meeting that he believes the investigation and therefore the reopening of the shelter should happened within the next two weeks.

TBI says the investigation is still ongoing but would not elaborate on a timetable.

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