In a startling discovery, an employee at the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society has been accused of tampering with receipts that allowed the unnamed person to steal about $50,000 from the city-funded shelter.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations has opened a case and is the process of gathering evidence.
According to the Tennessee Watchdog, that former employee was able to steal money since 2009 "by altering receipts" because their specific job included "gathering collections, matching collections with receipts and delivering those collections to the bookkeeper for deposit."
The Morristown shelter is heavily funded by Morristown and Hamblen County. The County Mayor has stated that he and Morristown Mayor Danny Thomas with re-evaluate the contract that is funding the shelter. But both agree that complete privatization "is an option we will (not) be looking at."
No one can say yet what the future holds for the animal shelter or how exactly the loss of $50,000 has affected operations. But it surely could have gone to goo use.