More calls for Ingham Co. Animal Control & Shelter veterinarian to be suspended

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INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WILX) - The board of commissioners discussed updates to the shelter, and where the shelter is headed next.

News 10's Alani Letang told you a couple weeks ago animal advocates claim Dr. Karen Worthington is just as responsible for the mistreatment of dogs at the shelter as the director who was just fired. Monday, the fight continued.

"She needs to go, shelter life is not for Dr. Worthington," said Connie Kapugia, Co-founder, Advocates For Reform At The Ingham Co. Animal Control & Shelter.

Connie Kapugia has repeatedly brought up concerns about Dr. Worthington

"concerns are her inability to handle in an appropriate way in a competent way of caring for the animals, her incompetence is a big concern," said Kapugia.

Kapugia said Worthington should at the least be suspended like the former director and deputy director were.

"when you look at the top three, and the third one seems to skirt out underneath the radar, and not having any responsibility for her actions and that's unfortunate."

At this time, that opinion is not unanimous on the board.

"In my opinion, I didn't see it warrant a suspension at that time," said Ingham County Commissioner Bryan Crenshaw

Worthington is not under investigation yet, but commissioner Bryan Crenshaw said the board has asked the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine to investigate.

"And then they will either A) do an investigation or B) read it and say there is nothing here that warrants an investigation," said Crenshaw.

And Crenshaw told Letang those decisions can't be made overnight.

"We have to let processes play out, we do have to make sure we are making the best decisions possible," said Crenshaw.