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Shelter could reopen soon after TBI probe

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By PETER SAWYER

Campbell County Mayor William Baird said on Monday the shuttered Adrion W. Baird Animal Center could reopen within the next few weeks.
The shelter closed April 11 after a viral Internet video surfaced alleging several malpractices there.
Baird is awaiting findings from a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report before reopening the center. The county mayor’s office doesn’t know if criminal charges will filed, but administrative decisions about the center will only be made after the TBI report is finalized.
Baird said he doesn’t want criminal charges brought against county workers after its reopening.
At a workshop Monday night, Commissioner Beverly Hall said she had received complaints about shelter employees receiving pay while they’re on administrative leave.
But so far, allegations remain unproven, said Deputy Mayor David Young in a follow-up interview on Tuesday.
Taking away the employees’ pay could give the perception they were guilty, and could expose the county to a lawsuit, he said.
An animal control advisory committee meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on June 18 at LaFollette City Hall.