LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Two officials with Ingham County Animal Control may face suspension following multiple investigations into the shelter.
A request has been made to suspend both the Director and Deputy Director with pay until the end of an investigation at the county animal shelter.
The Ingham County Controller can act on this request at any time, but if he chooses not to some commissioner’s say they'll take it to the entire board for them to consider suspending both the Director and Deputy Director.
It was a full house at Thursday's Law and Courts Committee meeting and those who showed up, weren't shy to express their opinions during public comment.
“The only way to move forward and regain the trust of the public is to have the Director, Deputy Director and Dr. Worthington resign.”
“I want to see management that when I come in and have a problem, I’m not met in the hallway in front of all these people and chewed out.”
For over an hour, Dinon answered questions regarding multiple investigations about the shelters care of several dogs who were seized last summer during a dog-fighting ring bust.
“We were not perfect. I wish we had done some things different,” said Dinon.
These investigations launched by the "Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development" and the "Ingham County Controller stem from a report by the Michigan Humane Society.
That report showed the neglect and suffering of several dogs leading to the euthanization of a couple of them.
“When I see that picture of him, it is hurtful to me that I was partially responsible for that and I do take responsibility. At the time, I thought we were making appropriate decisions. In retrospect, I think we did not make the best decisions,” Dinon stated.
Many of the comments made during the meeting mention the morale at the shelter. Some even said they worry about the repercussions of staff and volunteers if they speak out.
Some committee members even questioned Dinon on the lack of help the shelter sought out when the dogs were seized.
As far as what the next step is for the Ingham County Controller...
“We will research and with due diligence go through all the facts and we'll make our decisions from there,” said Tim Dolehanty.
The Ingham County Controller says it's not clear when the investigation into the shelter will be complete, but 6 News will be sure to keep you updated as this unfolds.
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