MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Dog Warden Jim St. Clair was placed on paid administrative leave on Thursday by the Knox County Commissioners.
Chip McConville, Knox County assistant prosecutor, told the News allegations were made against St. Clair by private individuals, and the county believed “fact finding” is the best course of action.
Abuse or neglect of animals does not appear to be a factor in the allegations, McConville said. He would not go into further details regarding the situation stating he thought it was best to wait for the investigation to conclude before commenting further.
Emily Marth, prevention and loss officer for the county, will conduct the investigation. It is expected to wrap up sometime next week.
In St. Clair’s absence, Larry Williams will be acting dog warden.
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