Monroe County Animal Shelter temporarily closed

Monroe County Animal Shelter temporarily closed

A sign hung on the Monroe County Animal Shelter's gate Tuesday indicating it was temporarily closed. A sign hung on the Monroe County Animal Shelter's gate Tuesday indicating it was temporarily closed.
Vicki Morgan (source: anonymous) Vicki Morgan (source: anonymous)

6 News Reporter

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - Personnel changes have led to the temporary closure of the Monroe County Animal Shelter.

The shelter was closed after director Vicki Morgan was fired after more than eight years at the shelter.

Monroe County Mayor Tim Yates would not discuss the change at the shelter Tuesday, but referred 6 News to the county attorney.

"In an effort to increase efficiency, and in an effort to reduce some reorganization that we believe will enhance efficiency, we are in the mist of some personal changes," said Monroe County Attorney Jerome Melson.

Morgan has now hired an attorney and released this statement to 6 News: "After over eight years serving the citizens and animals of Monroe County, I was terminated with no reason or reprimand. Small town politics and corruption has ended a great relationship that saved many lives. I am very concerned about the future of the animals of Monroe County and the secrets that are being covered up." 

The 60 animals currently being housed in the shelter are being cared for by volunteers with Monroe County Friends of Animals.

"We have coverage for both the normal feeding and the cleanings of the cages," said Monroe County Friends of Animals vice president Edward Roeber.

Several rescue organizations contacted 6 News about their support for Morgan, including Beth Schultheis, the director of SOS Beagle Rescue Tennessee.

"I think the shelter needs Vicki," said Schultheis. "I do believe she is the reason that shelter is as successful as it is. I work with 15 area kill shelters. I would say she's at the top of the list for shelters and it's because of her."    

Schultheis says under Morgan's direction, 14,000 animals have been saved.   

Animal control is currently not taking in any new animals until the shelter is reopened.

Officials say the closure is temporary, but could not provide a date for reopening.

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