Shelter Shakeup

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Dee Crumpler took over the job 14 months ago. Since then we've learned he's brought in more community support and customer service, both positive changes.

The question is: what happens now?

When Dee Crumpler took over as director of the Animal Shelter, the times were tumultuous. The former director had just stepped down under pressure, money was tight, and community involvement slim.

Shelter advisors say Dee changed all that, and now that he's leaving they're a bit nervous.

Kate Macfall, a Shelter Advisory Board member, said, "My initial feeling was I got a pit in my stomach. I was really sad for us ‘cause he's done some wonderful things for us and we will miss him."

Board members won't have to search far to find him. Dee's new position will actually oversee the shelter director, and Dee says he'll keep on as acting director until the job is filled.

Thomas Lewis, Director of Neighborhood and Community Services, said, "We didn't lose Dee, we just have reshuffled the players on the chess board to have a greater advantage to win the game."

Dee Crumpler said, "We're not going to miss a beat out there. I'm gonna be involved in the shelter until we can find replacement."

Dee says the key to solving the problem with pet overpopulation lies in the hands of the community.

His outreach to helping agencies was the first step. Now he wants the new director to start programs in schools, and while outside agencies are hoping it can become a kill free shelter, Dee says this community isn't ready.

"For every animal at our shelter there's a human responsible for that, and I think that's key."

Dee says in an average year 50 percent of all pets kept at the shelter are put down. Last week in just one day the shelter took in around 80 unwanted pets. Lewis said the first requirement is management skills. Second would be shelter experience.