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Animal Shelter Closes Doors Temporarily

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The Missouri Attorney General's office is looking into a complaint filed by employees of an animal shelter in Brentwood.

Several employees asked the state for an investigation alleging that the executive committee had violated the non-profit's by-laws.

The employees also threatened to resign by May 4th if the executive committee remained in place. Last night they were notified that their resignations were effective immediately.

Jessica Carten is the former director of communications for APA.

"You have to believe and know that these ten workers are walking away from APA with a heavy heart," Carten said. "We do have hope that this situation will be resolved since the Attorney General's office is looking into and that the employees, the volunteers and the animals of this organization will get some kind of justice."

The resignations leave four full-time staff members. The animal shelter will be closed until Tuesday at noon. In a statement Bill Durham said the Humane Society of Missouri would help with daily operations.

Durham also said he felt the dismissed employees had lost their focus on the shelter's mission, but he intended to get to the bottom of their allegations.