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Warren Co. animal control director investigated

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McMINNVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Warren County official is under investigation after allegations he is abusing animals at the shelter he manages.

Amid protests, county leaders confirm they are looking into how David Hennessee has been running the Warren County Animal Control.

Animal lovers like Ruta Ivy spent the day protesting what they call animal abuse at the animal control center.

"I'm just so burned up over the treatment of animals in this county," Ivy said.

Over the past couple years, a few animal abuse cases in the McMinnville area have made headlines.

In 2010, puppies were found in a drain meant for waste at the shelter. Last year, more than 100 animals were confiscated from a home in Warren County.

Now, officials at the Humane Society of Warren County said some dogs at animal control were being sprayed down with water and left in the cold.

"It makes you angry when you see dogs shivering, soaking wet in the winter time," said Clay Lerch with the Humane Society of Warren County.

The volunteers posted information about this most recent incident on their Facebook page and had more than 100 responses.

In response to the allegations, Commissioner Sally Brock posted online that Hennessee resigned Thursday night, but Warren County Executive John Pelham said nothing is official and they're still investigating.

"I can't tell you the sleep I've lost," Pelham said. "We're not trying to cover anything up. We're not trying to mistreat animals. If it's going on, I'm not aware of it, but I will get to the bottom of this."

Resigned, fired or jailed, the protesters want action.

"We want a change in Warren County. We want commissioners to open their ears to hear the real animal issues," Ivy said.  

County officials said they have adopted stricter rules this year and will reevaluate their system immediately.

Channel 4News called the Warren County Animal Control Center and requested to speak with Hennessee, but have not received a return call.

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