(WBIR- Morristown) A local mayor says he's angry after learning a worker stole more than $50,000 meant to help homeless and abused animals.
The state says the theft happened at Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society over the course of two years. The accused worker has been fired.
The Hamblen County Mayor, Bill Brittain, says the case has been handed over to the district attorney. He says he was disappointed when he first found out about the theft allegations.
"It just kind of made me angry. You know, first that an employee would steal money from their employer, one. Two, is from an organization like the humane society that does a great job in handling our animal control and animal shelter, and it's public funds," said Brittain.
Brittain and other officials have made changes in the duties and control at the shelter. A committee is also looking into who should operate and oversee the shelter, and where to go from here. That committee will report to the mayor by September 1st.