On Thursday, WATE News reported that Campbell County, Tenn., Mayor William Baird, wants to either shut down the Campbell County animal shelter, or remove the director, Betty Crumley, after learning that the facility is abusing and neglecting animals within its care.
On Tuesday, a Campbell County Animal Shelter employee went on record to confirm the allegations of abuse.
Brenda Watkins, an employee at the facility since 2006, told WATE News that she was “ashamed” that the abuse and neglect had gone on at the shelter for so long.
Watkins confirmed that too many adoptable dogs are destroyed, sometimes on the day that they arrive, and that the facility does not sedate the animals before killing them, stating:
“Some, they thrash around in the cages. There’s a lot of yelping, yelling, screaming from the dogs. It’s very painful sometimes.”
She goes on to recount how sometimes, still alive dogs are placed into freezers and left to die, and that inadequate doses of the euthanasia drug are administered, which means that death comes slowly.
Watkins went on to state that animals at the shelter are denied blankets, and are left shaking from the cold.
Another employee, who spoke with the news station anonymously, confirmed Watkins’ allegations.
After the allegations of abuse were reported, Mayor Baird went to the facility and he has stated that he will make a decision within the next 24 hours whether it will be shut down, or if Crumley will be removed.
In the meantime, the mayor is allowing rescue organizations to remove animals from the facility, and he has ordered a state investigation.
WATE News asked Crumley if she would resign, and she told them “Hell No!”
Ironically, the shelter website’s mission statement reads:
“The Campbell County Animal Center was founded on the belief that no animal should have to go hungry, be homeless, or live in fear or pain. The Center strives to educate, inform the public to assure that all animals deserve to be treated with dignity, kindness, and respect and provided with care that increases their opportunity for a safe life.”
A statement completely contrary to what appears to be going on behind closed doors.
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