INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WILX) - New development tonight at the Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter (ICACS). The Ingham County Sheriff's office announced their latest change in leadership for the Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter (ICACS).
News 10's Alani Letang has been leading the way with events surrounding the shelter.
Sergeant Andy Daenzer of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office has been temporarily assigned as the acting director of the lCACS. Sergeant Daenzer has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 15 years. He has served as a member of the (SRT) Special Response Team for 10 years, a canine handler for 7 years, a road patrol Sergeant for 4 years and is currently the canine team supervisor.
Sergeant Daenzer’s familiarization with the law and understanding of animals will serve the county well when combined with his team building and organizational skills. He has begun working with Animal Control staff and Interim Deputy Director Kate Turner and will continue to do so until a replacement is found.
Kate Turner has served as Community Service and Outreach Manager with Animal Control since March 2017 and had previously worked at the Shelter from September 2010 to August 2014. The shelter continues to move forward with all planned community services, outreach events, and adoption programs.
On July 24th Dinon and his deputy director, Anne Burns were suspended with pay a board of commissioners meeting.
On July 31st former director John Dinon was terminated from his position by the board of commissioners, at a special meeting. Burns turned in her retirement before that meeting took place.
Dinon was accused of neglecting dogs in his care after a large dog-fighting ring bust in Lansing last summer. A News 10 investigation uncovered several concerns with the shelter's operating procedures.
The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and the country controller also investigated and found many problems with communication, day to day handling of the animals and poor leadership.
The ICACS is also under investigation with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural development who has not yet released their findings.
The board of commissioners will be forming a special committee for a permanent director. The Mason Police Department is reviewing the case for possible criminal charges. The controller's office has also confirmed that the MHS and controller's reports have been sent to LARA for a veterinary medical review.
The shelter will continue with all planned community services, outreach events, and adoption programs.