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Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter Board Members, Director Part Ways

Reported by: Send eMail Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jul. 15, 2014 5:12 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 15, 2014 5:41 PM EDT
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

The search is on for a new Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter director.

The board of directors, comprised of the county commission presidents from Cabell and Wayne counties and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, voted this week to "part ways" with the director.

"I think any time there's a change, people get apprehensive, Cabell County Manager Chris Tatum said.

While the shelter has come far in the past couple years, board members would still like to see more improvements, Tatum said.

"There are a lot of goals and a lot of fresh ideas that are still out there that we want to act on, and that the board wants to act on," he said.

Tatum said that is why they decided to let animal shelter director Jim Cumm go. Cumm took over during a major transitional period about two years ago. In that time, the shelter has added outdoor barns to house several larger animals, an industrial sanitation dishwasher to help prevent the spread of deadly diseases and a security system.

"I think if people will embrace the changes that have taken place out there and continue to be supportive as this board continues to move in the right direction," Tatum said.

Tatum said the shelter continues to operate on a very tight budget, and this is a good opportunity to show the community how great the need is for their support.

"People in the community should in fact look at what are some of the small things that we can do to help the shelter, and it doesn't always have to be monetary," he said.

Tatum said dropping off your old newspapers or a bag of dog food can help.

"There are a lot of things that can be done. Go volunteer an hour or two at an adoption event. That always helps," he said.

If you can't make it out to the shelter during regular hours, you also can drop off donations at adoption events around Cabell and Wayne counties.

Tatum said the search for a new director begins immediately. In the meantime, Scott Iseli, longtime animal control officer and assistant director, will fill in as interim director.



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