Remember the Campbell Co pound in TN where the director says they guess the dosage on Fatal Plus, stick the pets in the gut with it and then leave them to suffer for an unspecified number of minutes? Well, there’s more bad news. The Campbell Co deputy mayor is 6 years old – emotionally at least. Despite local taxpayers having shelled out for animal services for the year, deputy mayor David Young says he’s keeping the pound closed because animal advocates complained on Facebook and he won’t provide any animal related services to taxpayers:
“This is the price the Campbell County people are paying for someone meddling in business they had no business into,” he said, referring the Facebook page that called out the director Betty Crumley on allegations of abuse.
The deputy mayor figures that, in the absence of services for the community’s pets, people are probably drowning kittens in lakes and killing pets in other ways. Also: nanner nanner boo boo.
Back in Adult Land, the so-called irresponsible public is trying to take up the slack:
Now the non-profit organization Friends of Campbell County Animals (FCCA) is being forced to step into a job that is supposed to be done by the county, paid for by taxpayer dollars.
“I think it’s irresponsible. It’s completely irresponsible,” said Patricia Simpson, the rescue coordinator for FCCA. “We’re happy to do as much as we can, but there’s a limit to what we can do, physically, financially and emotionally.”
The group is funding their efforts out of their own pockets and credit cards.
“We’ve been thrust into adoption and rescue and animal control officer.”
When a local reporter asked the deputy mayor if he would shut down the health department or the library if allegations of wrongdoing on the part of the director surfaced, he conceded that he probably wouldn’t and would simply find a new director. Oh but would he consider hiring a new director for the pound then?
“We’re not looking for that,” Young said.
I get it, I guess. He’s trying to teach pet advocates a lesson. You speak out publicly about wrongdoing at the shelter and I’ll defraud taxpayers in retaliation. But is it legal?
As things stand, the deputy mayor says the pound will remain closed until the TN Bureau of Investigation completes its investigation. Gee, I hope TBI doesn’t have anything else to do. In the meantime, who should Campbell Co good Sams call when they find a community pet in need?
“Call whoever they want to call, because we are not providing any services at this time,” he said defiantly.
Someone needs a time out.
I hope there are some taxpayers in Campbell Co willing to fight back against what may be an illegal action by the deputy mayor. Unless he’s going door to door, handing out tax refunds that is. Because otherwise, the words defrauding taxpayers jump to mind.
(Thank you Clarice for sending me this update.)