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Director of Saginaw County Animal Care Center resigns

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(08/14/12) - The search for a new director of the Saginaw County Animal Care Center is just getting started, after the resignation of Val McCullough, who stepped down Monday.

McCullough, who did not want to go on camera, said she stepped down for personal reasons - but wouldn't go into detail.

This comes after she was under fire from volunteers and county officials about the management of the facility.

Last week, many of those critics flooded the county commission chambers saying some of McCullough's policies could be considered animal abuse.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating those claims.

One of the changes stated that volunteers were not allowed in the building on weekends. She also said they couldn't take pictures of dogs and post them online for potential adopters.

Some questioned whether or not those rules could be considered animal abuse.

Those policies have been overturned.

Amy Schmitzer has been a volunteer at the center for nearly four years. She was shocked to hear about McCullough's resignation.

"You have no direction right now with no director here. You're doing your best to maintain doing what you've been doing, but you have nobody else to go to with questions," Schmitzer said.

"My understanding though is some of those policies were required by the state and the director was trying to comply with the state on some of those policies or all of those policies. I'm not sure. But in the meantime, we've overturned them. We put everything back to the way it was. Let's start all over. Work with the state, find out what needs to be done and get a new director in there now that she's resigned and we'll just go from there," said Ann Doyle, Board of Commissioners, Saginaw County.

We asked another volunteer if McCullough made the right move.

"I feel it's a better working environment. How can you be a director if you seem like you don't care about the animals? Especially in a place like this," said Melissa Gibbons.

There's no word on when a new director will fill the position.

"Our controller was down at Animal Control yesterday accessing everything and now he has to put a job description together. Get the job posted and then the commissioners will have to start interviewing in order to replace her," Doyle said.

In the meantime, Elaine Thompson, the Road Officer, is serving as the interim director.

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