The Jefferson City Police Department has taken a step toward stability at the animal shelter.
The city has hired a new staff veterinarian with the expectation that he will resolve concerns about policies and procedures for euthanasia.
Animal Shelter Director Karen Jennings' use of a gas chamber to put down feral cats and some wildlife led to a dispute with former staff Veterinarian Amanda Dykstra. The disagreement was exposed when a local woman's pet cat was euthanized by mistake. Ultimately, Dykstra resigned her position.
The police department, which oversees the shelter, has hired Dr. Corey McCann as the new staff doctor. Among other things, McCann is involved with an animal hospice and home euthanasia program. He will have senior authority at the shelter, and will decide if and when to use the gas chamber.
Shoemaker said Karen Jennings will remain on staff at the shelter, in charge of the animal control officers in the field.
Under the new structure, she will report to Dr. McCann.