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Amarillo Animal Control Follow-Up

We've learned it's a criminal investigation.
Amarillo Animal Control is in the middle of an active criminal investigation.

This after two employees were put on administrative leave.

It's a story we first told you about yesterday.

Today, we know Director Mike McGee and Assistant Director Shannon Barlow are the two employees being investigated.

That's according to the chair of the Amarillo Animal Control Board.

We're still not sure exactly what's going on at Animal control, but the Chair of the Animal control Board Sunny Hodge-Campbell confirmed for us today that it is a criminal investigation.

She says she can't say much because of that investigation.

Hodge-Campbell says she thinks Amarillo has a problem with an overpopulation in pets, because pet parents don't spay or neuter their pets.

You'll remember, last night, we told you there were some public concerns brought up at yesterday's board meeting, including euthanization, money and cleanliness.

Hodge-Campbell wouldn't talk about any of those issues, but did give us some specifics on how the facility is run.

She says, "I know that Animal Control responds to approximately 38,000 calls per year.  And I know that somewhere between 8-10,000 animals are euthanized per year by Amarillo Animal Control."

She tells us those numbers include wild animals like skunks, raccoons, bats, and foxes.

So it's hard to say how many being put down are companion animals, like cats and dogs.

Hodge-Campbell says there are several reasons that number is so high.

She says owners not reclaiming their pets, not enough people adopting, and the amount of space the facility has are all contributing factors.

Hodge-Campbell is also the Vice President of Humane Society and she tells us they adopt out about 200-300 animals per month.

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