The Ingham County Board of Commissioners voted 11 to 3 to suspend animal control director John Dinon and deputy director Anne Burns Tuesday night at their regular meeting.
Their suspensions will stand until the commissioners meet again, following the conclusion of two investigations into their actions, one being done by the Ingham County Controller.
Some commissioners had their concerns, specifically who would replace them and what precedent are they setting by making this decision.
Ingham County commissioner Randy Schafer said the big concern for him is due process. He voted against the suspensions.
“For me it’s an issue of due process and due rights that we are all entitled to,” Schafer told 6 News.
Animal rights advocates, including Jamie Hillman with the group Save the Lansing Pitbulls, say the decision was nothing less than justice.
“Justice was served for these dogs that were starved, lost their lives and you know the staff that had to sit there and endure this and watch this pain and hurt and they reached out and nothing was done,” Hillman said.
The Ingham County Controller’s investigation is expected to wrap up Friday. Once that happens, commissioners will hold a personnel meeting to determine what happens next.