Shelter scheduled to reopen after animal cruelty charges - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shelter scheduled to reopen after animal cruelty charges

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A West Tennessee animal shelter that was shut down amid allegations of animal neglect is scheduled to reopen next week.

The newly appointed board for the Benton County Animal Shelter has hired four employees to work at the county-run shelter.

Board president Shannon Dykstra said the facility will reopen Monday, but will only be taking animals in "dire emergencies" at first. She said the shelter will be operating at full capacity in early April.

Police said eight dogs were found dead at the shelter during a Jan. 11 raid, and an additional 25 puppies and one cat had to be euthanized due to illness.

The deaths led to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges against County Mayor Jimmy Wiseman and two former shelter employees.

All three will be in court Monday.

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