by Jason Lamb
SMITHVILLE, Tenn. – There's concern over the operation of a Smithville animal shelter after a woman made a disturbing discovery there earlier this week.
A DeKalb County woman said she found a dead dog and a litter of living puppies outside the Smithville Animal Shelter on Thursday morning.
What was worse, she said, in the middle of the shelter's posted work hours, the building was locked up tight with no one there to see what happened to the dog, or who might have dropped off the puppies.
Mayor Jimmy Poss of Smithville said the shelter only has one full time and one part-time employee, who had both called in sick Thursday.
An animal rescue group in Dekalb County is calling for more employees or volunteers to work at the shelter, but the Mayor said that's extra help the shelter doesn't need right now.
"We deal with it the best we can, we're like every other small city and small county, we have money we can work with, and money we can't," said Mayor Poss.
Poss said even with budget constraints, the Animal Shelter takes good care of the dogs they have, even though some may be delivered to them sick.