Anderson County to hire veterinary director over euthanization concern

After months of tensions, the Anderson County Commission unanimously decided Monday to hire a veterinary director, install cameras and create a new advisory committee to address concerns about euthanization of cats and dogs at the county animal shelter.

Public concerns about the how many animals were being put down and by what method reached a tipping point at the end of last year after allegations began circulating on social media about Brian Porter, director of the Animal Control and Care department

The department ultimately reports to county Mayor Terry Frank, who has asked the Human Resources department to conduct an investigation and has been working with the County Commission to address concerns.

“I recognize that there have been failures, whether that’s failures of communication or aligning our expectations with expectations of the community and I do apologize for that and I commit to working harder on it,” Frank told Knox News after the meeting.

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