David Hennessee, director of animal control in Warren County, Tennessee, has been fired from his job.
The reasons? The county has received numerous complaints about Hennessee, including some that he needlessly sprayed down dogs in cold weather while cleaning out their pens, and others that in August 2010, the Humane Society rescued newborn puppies from the facility after they were discovered huddled together in waste water unable to get out of the kennel’s sewage drain.
Care2 Victory – Thank you!
Incensed by this, the Warren County Humane Society set up a Care2 petition to demand an end to the animal abuse, and the firing of Hennessee. The petition garnered over 5,000 signatures, and on Tuesday night the county commission’s Health and Welfare Committee voted to fire David Hennessee by a 3-2 decision.
Thank you to all the Care2 activists who signed the petition!
From WKRN-TV Nashville:
“It’s not like we’re happy he is out of a job, but we feel like he was given more than enough opportunities to correct his behavior,” Humane Society board member Clay Lerch told Nashville’s News 2.
“People here don’t view animals the same way they did 20 years ago.† I think they think they can go back to how things were, but there is no going back.† Things are moving forward,” said Lerch.
Volunteers with the Warren County Humane Society spent the day last Friday in front of the county administration building protesting the alleged abuse.
“Truth And Justice Prevailed”
But the battle is not over yet. Both board members and volunteers have additionally expressed concerns because the animal control facility has been closed off to the outside public ever since those puppies were discovered in the sewage drain. And they are hoping they can convince county commissioners to change the way the shelter is run.
In a post on Facebook Tuesday night, the Humane Society called the county’s vote to terminate Hennessee a “victory,” saying “truth and justice prevailed.”
The post read, in part, “Never again will an animal suffer in Warren County at the hands of David Hennessee, he has been given many chances to stop and he decided he did not want to, thankfully the board did hear the citizens and fired him.”
Hooray for the Humane Society and for Care2 activists!
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