Lack of animal shelter in Campbell Co. causing problems

10:23 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Campbell County) Animal advocates in Campbell County say they are overrun with animals. It's been three months since the animal shelter there closed following complaints about how managers euthanized the pet population.

"They (animals) are running at large, causing problems, starving, being hit by cars, sick. We're taking as many as we can," said Patricia Simpson, rescue coordinator of Friends of Campbell County Animals and a member of the Animal Control Advisory Committee.

Simpson said she wants the shelter to re-open soon. Friends of Campbell County Animals has sent dozens of animals to rescue groups out of state and other volunteers are fostering animals in their homes.

Tuesday night the Animal Control Advisory Committee met to work on the county's animal ordinance.

Simpson they failed to make a lot of progress because the document is long and they're looking closely at each part of the law.

"It's going to be a slow process. It hasn't been done for years so it's important that we take our time and get it done right," she said.

It's up to Campbell County Mayor William Baird to decide when the shelter will re-open.

He didn't return our after hours calls Tuesday evening.

All of the shelter's full-time employees have been on paid administrative leave since April and are being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


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