Campbell County Animal Shelter prepares to reopen

Campbell County Animal Shelter prepares to reopen

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The Campbell County Animal Shelter is preparing to reopen following a shutdown because of allegations of abuse. The Campbell County Animal Shelter is preparing to reopen following a shutdown because of allegations of abuse.
"We want it to be a safe, human place for the animals," said Campbell County mayor William Baird. "We want it to be a safe, human place for the animals," said Campbell County mayor William Baird.
"We have strays that are running around. I just saw six yesterday. It needs to be there. It serves a purpose," said resident Michelle White. "We have strays that are running around. I just saw six yesterday. It needs to be there. It serves a purpose," said resident Michelle White.
"I think it's been a lengthy process but I'm hoping it'll be a positive move. We've still got some concerns," said Michelle Davis. "I think it's been a lengthy process but I'm hoping it'll be a positive move. We've still got some concerns," said Michelle Davis.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) – The Campbell County Animal Shelter is preparing to reopen following a shutdown because of allegations of abuse.

The TBI is still investigating those claims but can't say when it'll wrap up the case.

Campbell County mayor William Baird closed the shelter in April after a number of claims regarding director Betty Crumley's actions, including that she unnecessarily euthanized animals.

6 News was not able to get a hold of Crumley.

"We want it to be a safe, human place for the animals," said Baird.

The shelter is set to reopen sometime next week.

Cleaning was the biggest task Monday. But workers are also answering calls for stray animals causing problems in the county.

Baird says his work right now is developing guideline to make sure a situation similar to the one discovered in April never happens again. "We want to make sure everything is straight forward on what our responsibilities are and what the public's responsibilities are," Baird said.

Those procedures will be approved by commissioners.

While the TBI investigations allegations of abuse, Mike Aiken will serve as the shelter's new director.

There are also plans to hire an entirely new staff, with the exception of the certified animal control officers.

Michelle Davis, with ‘Friends of the Campbell County Animal Shelter,' says since April her rescue group has moved 75 stray animals in the county.

"I think it's been a lengthy process but I'm hoping it'll be a positive move. We've still got some concerns," said Davis.

A Campbell County resident adds that it's time for the shelter to reopen. "We have strays that are running around. I just saw six yesterday. It needs to be there. It serves a purpose," said resident Michelle White. 

‘Friends of Campbell County Animal Shelter' tells 6 News animals were taken to the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley when the shelter closed in April. It's a no-kill shelter and those animals have since been adopted.

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