Campbell County Animal Shelter sticks with previous policies

Campbell County Animal Shelter sticks with previous policies

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Ever since the shelter opened animals needing homes have been brought in. Ever since the shelter opened animals needing homes have been brought in.
More than 30 cats and dogs are now available for adoption. More than 30 cats and dogs are now available for adoption.
"I feel like I'm learning a lot, but I know there's volumes more that I need to know," said Mike Aiken. "I feel like I'm learning a lot, but I know there's volumes more that I need to know," said Mike Aiken.
"I love everything about animals," said Beth Caldwell. "I love everything about animals," said Beth Caldwell.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - The Campbell County Animal Shelter had been shut down for about four months before reopening Thursday.

The shelter's closure came amid a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into claims of mistreatment of animals and improper euthanasia procedures by the center's former director, Betty Crumley.

A new director is on the job and the shelter is almost full of animals again.

Ever since the shelter opened animals needing homes have been brought in.     

More than 30 cats and dogs are now available for adoption.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we are full by closing time today," said the new shelter director, Mike Aiken.

As of Friday afternoon no animals had been adopted at the re-opened shelter, so employees hope some people will come in and adopt the animals that need a forever home.

Aiken had no previous animal shelter experience before, but feels so far things have been running smoothly.

"I feel like I'm learning a lot, but I know there's volumes more that I need to know," said Aiken.

One person who is showing Aiken the ropes is Beth Caldwell, who was hired on Wednesday to assist Aiken.

Before coming to Jacksboro, Caldwell worked four years at Young-Williams Animal Center in Knoxville, and previously worked at the Campbell County shelter.

"I love everything about animals," said Caldwell. "They need someone to speak for them and take care of them."

Along with experience, Caldwell is also certified in euthanasia.     

Aiken says so far no animals have had to be put down, but says he plans to follow all of the regulations that are in place for that process.

"That's one of the unfortunate aspects of running an animal shelter," said Aiken. "Yes, it will happen, of course. Our polices haven't changed. I don't think they will change."  

The TBI investigation is still open to see if any wrongdoing went on at the shelter.     

For more information call the shelter at (423) 566-1892.

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