Hamblen County animal shelter calls special meeting

By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) – Board members of a local animal shelter called a special meeting Thursday as the facility has faced scrutiny in recent days. Viewers have been reaching out to 6 News about their concerns of the animal care at the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society.

Board members met at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to take nominations for a new board of directors for the animal shelter. The care of the animals at the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society has become a big issue in the community.

"If it changes, I think it's going to hurt the animals, so I've got my fingers crossed, it'll stay like it is," said Steven Eldridge, the animal shelter director.

“If it changes, I think it’s going to hurt the animals, so I’ve got my fingers crossed, it’ll stay like it is,” said Steven Eldridge, the animal shelter director.

Humane Society members recently gathered 10 petition signatures and submitted them to the board, the city and county mayors, and commissioners before a special meeting could take place Thursday.

The board of directors and members each chose 8 nominees. Three of the nominated members from the board of directors are current board members. People who were nominated had to be members for at least a year to qualify.

Those nominations can be challenged by contacting the board of directors.

The current director of the animal shelter believes there isn’t a problem and new leadership could affect that.

“If it changes, I think it’s going to hurt the animals, so I’ve got my fingers crossed, it’ll stay like it is,” said Steven Eldridge, the animal shelter director.

Some in the community cite sub par conditions at the animal shelter and that’s why they’re looking for a change. They believe a new board of directors could make a big difference.

“At that time, the animals would be the number one priority. Rescue would be allowed back in. Volunteers would be allowed back in and the animals would be taken care of,” said Susan Allen, a member of the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society.

Ballots will be mailed out to members in the coming days. The Joe Swann Accounting firm will tally the votes before the results are released with the new 8 board of directors. Those board members will either choose to serve one, two, or three year terms.

The current director of the animal shelter told 6 News that he has seen a big increase in adoptions recently. He also says the number of animals euthanized has dropped quite a bit as a result.

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