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Roosevelt animal shelter closes to public amid investigation into 'possible misuse' of public resources

Animal care to continue
Posted at 10:59 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 00:59:13-04

ROOSEVELT, Utah — The Roosevelt Animal Shelter has been temporarily closed to public access as an investigation into its policies and procedures takes place.

The city announced the closure Saturday, saying staff will continue to care for the animals, but public services such as adoptions will not be available.

The investigation began last week at the request of shelter staff and the public, the city said. The goal is to "evaluate current policies and procedures to ensure the needs of shelter staff and animals in custody were being met."

"Concerns were brought to light of possible misuse of public money or public property," a post from Roosevelt City read. "All members of staff who may be involved have been placed on administrative leave."

Although the investigation is ongoing, the city wrote that "allegations of high rates of euthanasia" are false, saying only three cats have been euthanized in 2020, and all three were "considered injured beyond the possibility of recovery by veterinary professionals."

The announcement added that the investigation will help the city meet its goals of operating the shelter efficiently, caring for its animals in the best way possible, and meeting the needs of its staff.