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Frustration over the county controller's investigation into Ingham Co. Animal Control

Posted at 11:41 AM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 11:41:11-04

An update tonight on the investigation into Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter (ICACS).
Monday, the Ingham County's Board of Commissioners expressing frustration over how it was handled.

Even with new leadership at the shelter, there was a lot of heat coming down on the county controller's office Monday night.

Some of the board of commissioners said they are still disappointed in how the county handled the situation at the shelter as a whole. 

For example, the controller taking over two months, before telling the board about these allegations and investigations.

"We should not be in the dark when an outside envy is doing an investigation of any department," said Ingham County Commissioner Todd Tennis.

The controller's office did apologize at Monday's, for not telling the board of commissioners when an investigation, at the shelter was open.  But commissioners said they need to do better.

"And I think that was a mistake, and I don't think we can explain why we made that mistake other than to not to have done it. And next time there is an investigation we will let the board know," said Teri Morton, Ingham County Deputy Controller.

"I find the response that well we should have done that and didn't, absolutely infuriating, how are we supposed to handle situations like this when they come up if they have no idea what's going on," said Tennis.

And when the controller did eventually finish their investigation into the shelter, the report didn't satisfy all the board members Commissioner Ryan Sebolt said the report shined a light into problems that he sees in the controller's office.

I think there were a lot of shortcomings in that report, even if the controller felt that it was just supposed to be a report of the facts their interaction should've been in the report, anybody could've read the humane society and the FOIA emails even casually, could've seen the controllers report didn't offer anything new," said Ingham County Commissioner Ryan Sebolt.

Several commissioners said the animal control department is an example of how things went horribly wrong when management is lacking.

"And we cannot afford a mistake like this again in the county, we have had one thing after another after another, and why does it keep happening? why do we have to bring in a crisis team to manage staff, why do we have to get to that point to bring those people in," said Ingham County Commissioner Robin Naeyart.