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Interim manager of Ingham Co. Animal Control named

Posted at 8:25 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 10:05:32-04

The Ingham County Animal Control will now be managed by Customer Service and Community Outreach Manager Kate Turner.

That announcement was made Wednesday.

The shelter says it is moving forward with all planned community services, outreach events, and adoption programs.

This comes after Shelter Director John Dinon, and Deputy Director Anne Burns were put on paid leave after an 11 to 3 vote by the Ingham County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night.

It's a story FOX 47 broke last month. FOX 47's Alani Letang has been following it for us and was there as Tuesday's resolution was handed down.

"Commissioner Banas, yes, Commissioner Celentino, yes, Commissioner Crenshaw, yes, Commissioner Grebner no....thank you madame chair I conduct it did pass," said Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum as she tallied up the votes for the resolution to suspend with pay Dinon and Burns.

10 yes's to a vote, that didn't come easy. Several commissioners saying the situation at the Ingham County Animal Control is an issue that calls for an immediate action.

"this is a crisis, the crisis is we are presuming that animals starved to death in our shelter. This is a crisis, we cannot have this, and I think the action of paid administrative leave or a suspension is appropriate until we get this investigation cleared up," said Deb Nolan, Ingham County Commissioner.

The support was felt in the public crowd Tuesday night. Jamie Hillman, with the "Save The Lansing Michigan Pitbulls" took the stand crying after the resolution was passed.

She has been working as an advocate for the dogs seized in the large fighting ring bust last summer in Lansing.

"So this is justice for these dogs, that died from not eating when they knew what was going on...this is finally justice. And I am more than thrilled that the commissioners saw this as an emergency and stepped in and took action," said Jamie Hillman, Founder, Save The Lansing Michigan Pitbulls

But not every commissioner was rooting for Tuesday's suspension. Commissioner Mark Grebner says the decision comes too fast

"We haven't really looked into this as a board, so the board shouldn't have adopted a resolution basically removing him from his position. But I don't like to remove him before a hearing unless it's an actual emergency," said Mark Grebner, Ingham County Commissioner.

County Controller Timonty Dolehanty told News 10 his internal investigation will be completed by this Friday.

We will continue to stay on top of this story for you.