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Ingham County Animal Control hires new director

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Posted at 9:54 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 12:41:42-05

LANSING, Mich. — Ingham County Animal Control welcomed a new director for the second time since John Dinon was fired in 2018.

According to the Lansing State Journal, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners hired Heidi Williams to lead the department as a replacement for Jodi LeBombard.

The LSJ reports Williams was a civilian employee with the East Lansing Police Department, and will start her new job as director on Dec. 23.

LeBombard was hired in September of 2018 after former director John Dinon was fired.

She was former lead animal control officer for the county and had more than 10 years of experience in Ingham County. LeBombard resigned unexpectedly, the LSJ reported.

Dinon's employment was terminated by the Board of Commissioners due to allegations of dogs neglected and abused while in his care.

A report said there was "deep organizational dysfunction at ICAC" during Dinon's time there.

The investigation began due to allegations of neglect and abuse that rose serious concerns from the Michigan Humane Society.

FOX 47 News found that a lack of oversight, training, and monitoring by upper management at the shelter contributed to the suffering and neglect of five dogs, four of who were seized in a dog fighting ring in 2017.

Dinon's claims as to how the dogs had slipped through the cracks of their care didn't add up. Two of the dogs in question were extremely emaciated.

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