New Campbell Co Animal Shelter director stepping down

New Campbell Co Animal Shelter director stepping down

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He says working with rescue groups has been a big help, "Each month except one the euthanasia rates have gone down. Last month was 18.79 percent." He says working with rescue groups has been a big help, "Each month except one the euthanasia rates have gone down. Last month was 18.79 percent."
The shelter was shut down last April after claims animals weren't being properly euthanized. Previous director Betty Crumley was let go, accused of mistreating animals. The shelter was shut down last April after claims animals weren't being properly euthanized. Previous director Betty Crumley was let go, accused of mistreating animals.
"We've got it pointed in the right direction, I just hope and pray for a director that can work with the folks that I worked with to do the work we've done," added Aiken. "We've got it pointed in the right direction, I just hope and pray for a director that can work with the folks that I worked with to do the work we've done," added Aiken.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - More changes are coming to Campbell County's Animal Shelter as its new director is about to step down.

The shelter was shut down last April after claims animals weren't being properly euthanized. Previous director Betty Crumley was let go, accused of mistreating animals.

The County Grand Jury declined to file charges against Crumley, finding no wrong doing and the TBI investigation is now closed. The shelter was re-opened August of last year, with newly hired director Mike Aiken in charge.

Friday February 28th is Mike Aiken's last day at Adrion Baird Animal Center and he tells 6 News his decision to leave was not an easy one.

Day by day working as Campbell County's shelter direct has been a challenge. "I approached this job with a lot of fear and trembling," said Aiken.

Though, soon he'll no longer be in charge. Aiken says he decided it was simply time to retire and it was a decision that comes with heartache.

We talked with Aiken in August of last year when the Campbell County shelter was fixing to reopen after a TBI investigation into animal abuse by the former director closed the facility.

"I felt like I was leaving the one colleague that I've got helpless," he said.

The goal since August had been to sweep away Campbell County Animal Shelter's troubled past and rebuild trust.

"God has blessed us with numbers and with relationships and friends that on day one I would never have dreamed of," said Aiken.

He says working with rescue groups has been a big help, "Each month except one the euthanasia rates have gone down. Last month was 18.79 percent."

A stark difference Aiken says from the initial 96 percent euthanasia rate.

"We've got it pointed in the right direction, I just hope and pray for a director that can work with the folks that I worked with to do the work we've done," added Aiken.

In the meantime while the county searches for a new director, the shelter's only full time employee Beth Caldwell will be helping out to make sure this shelter stays open.

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