Animal control director fired amid abuse allegations - WKRN News 2

Animal control director fired amid abuse allegations

Posted: Updated: Jan 11, 2012 05:36 PM
David Hennessee was fired by a vote of 3-2 Tuesday night. David Hennessee was fired by a vote of 3-2 Tuesday night.
Warren County Humane Society volunteers protested the alleged abuse outside the county's administration building last week. Warren County Humane Society volunteers protested the alleged abuse outside the county's administration building last week.
McMINNVILLE, Tenn. -

Warren County leaders have fired the county's director of animal control following allegations of abuse.

The county commission's Health and Welfare Committee voted Tuesday night to fire Director David Hennessee by a 3-2 decision.

"It's not like we're happy he is out of a job, but we feel like he was given more than enough opportunities to correct his behavior," Humane Society board member Clay Lerch told Nashville's News 2.

The county received complaints that Hennessee had needlessly sprayed down dogs in cold weather while cleaning out pens.

Hennessee admitted to spraying one dog, but argued he had sprayed the animal to protect himself.

"People here don't view animals the same way they did 20 years ago.  I think they think they can go back to how things were, but there is no going back.  Things are moving forward," said Lerch.

Volunteers with the Warren County Humane Society spent the day last Friday in front of the county administration building protesting the alleged abuse.

Members told Nashville's News 2 in addition to the recent allegations, in August 2010, the Humane Society rescued newborn puppies from the facility after they were discovered huddled together in waste water unable to get out of the kennel's sewage drain.

Board members additionally expressed concerns because the facility was closed off to the outside public.

In a post on Facebook Tuesday night, the Humane Society called the county's vote to terminate Hennessee a "victory," saying "truth and justice prevailed."

The post read, in part, "Never again will an animal suffer in Warren County at the hands of David Hennessee, he has been given many chances to stop and he decided he did not want to, thankfully the board did hear the citizens and fired him."

County leaders told Nashville's News 2 they are not accepting applications for the vacant position yet, but said they plan to fill the position in the future.

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