Campbell County Animal Shelter set to open this week

Campbell County Animal Shelter set to open this week

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"We do not have a firm opening date as of yet," said Mike Aiken. "We do not have a firm opening date as of yet," said Mike Aiken.
The shelter in Jacksboro has not seen much activity until this past week. The shelter in Jacksboro has not seen much activity until this past week.
"So far he's been very open in working with us," said FCCA rescue team coordinator Shawn Kincaid. "So far he's been very open in working with us," said FCCA rescue team coordinator Shawn Kincaid.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - It has been four months since the Campbell County Animal Shelter was shut down.

The closure happened after its director, Betty Crumley, was accused of mistreating animals.

Among the accusations, employees say Crumley did not give animals enough sedative or euthanasia drug when putting animals down

Crumley has since been removed from the shelter and a TBI investigation was started.

The shelter in Jacksboro has not seen much activity until this past week. That is when Mike Aiken was selected to become the shelter's new director.

"We do not have a firm opening date as of yet," said Aiken. "We have been working frantically since August 5."

Aiken has no experience running a shelter, but says he is willing to learn quickly.

He has no euthanasia certifications. That will be handled by animal control officers.

"I've been listening to people for well over a week of different view points and so on," said Aiken. "I've make no promises to anyone about how I'm going to do it because it's something we'll have to feel out day by day."

Aiken and one other employee have been hired at the shelter. Both will work with existing animal control officers for the city and county.

Aiken has already had the shelter cleaned and is ready to work with members of Friends of Campbell County Animals, who have been caring for all of the animals in the county since the shelter closed.

"So far he's been very open in working with us," said FCCA rescue team coordinator Shawn Kincaid. "He's really willingly to learn anything he can about the animals and the community."

Kincaid says Aiken has met with the organization several times already. She hopes he will help take the shelter in the right direction.

"My vision of the shelter is to take those euthanasia records that were 96 percent and turn them upside down, and make it a very low kill shelter," said Kincaid.

Aiken says he is ready for the challenge in turning this shelter around.

"We are going to try to let the past be the past," he said. "I don't know what happened. I wasn't here. We are going to get a positive start."

Before Aiken accepted this position at the shelter, he worked in the truancy court in Campbell County and taught DUI classes in other counties.

The TBI still has an open investigation of the shelter.

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