Humane Society Draws A Line
`The Smith County Humane Society will refuse to work with Tyler Animal Control if it does not agree to remove the agency`s head from his post, a representative of the organization said on Friday.
Humane Society Executive Director Gayle Helms said Gary Chambers would have to be transferred to a position where he was not directly responsible for the safety of animals before they would agree to continue shelter services for TAC.
TAC is run by the Northeast Texas Public Health District, and contracts with the city of Tyler to provide animal control services. The Humane Society operates the animal shelter, where TAC and county animal control officers drop off animals.
Chambers has been under investigation for animal cruelty following the death of an injured dog he left at the shelter.
Shelter employees claim Chambers dragged the unconscious dog by the neck with a control stick on June 1 and left the animal in a kennel at the shelter.
Two hours after the dog was brought in, the dog went into a seizure and died.
Questions were raised during the investigation as to whether the dog suffered from heat stoke or if excessive force was used. Why the humane society failed to administer any type of treatment to the animal has also been questioned.
There was no postmortem exam on the dog.
On Friday, local attorney and Humane Society volunteer Deborah Tittle-Dobbs issued a statement saying the Humane Society employees on duty when the animal was brought in acted appropriately.
`The shelter employees did the best they could to make the animal comfortable and monitor its possible recovery...` she said.`