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Animal Control Update: Shannon Barlow retires

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Amarillo, TX - The City of Amarillo announced Shannon Barlow has retired as Assistant Director of Animal Control.

Former Director of Animal Control Mike McGee retired on May 29th. McGee and Barlow were suspended amid an investigation into illegal euthanasia procedures.

Interim Director Scott McDonald now reports directly to Bob Cowell, Assistant City Manager of Development Services.

The case is being investigated by a grand jury and is expected to wrap up Wednesday afternoon.

From the City of Amarillo:

Shannon Barlow has retired from her position as assistant director of Animal Control effective today. Scott McDonald, the City’s chief building official, continues to serve as interim director of Animal Control, and reports directly to Bob Cowell, assistant city manager of development services.

City staff will update the City Council during today’s 1:30 work session on improvements that continue at the City shelter. Cowell and McDonald will oversee the continued operations of Animal Control, the selection process for a new director, the third party review process, implementing the identified improvements and working directly with the Animal Control Board in their efforts. Mr. Cowell will report directly to the City Manager in all of these items and actions.

As art of the continuing effort to adopt as many healthy animals into loving homes as possible, Amarillo Animal Control and the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society have committed to participating in the national Just One Day campaign this Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Animal Control and the Humane Society are honored to be among the 1,200 organizations that have answered the call to participate this year.

The humane society will offer half-price adoptions from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. That adoption fee covers the first set of vaccinations, spay or neuter (if there are no complications) and a microchip implant.

Amarillo Crime Stoppers will offer free Kids ID card to parents and the Amarillo Police Department will provide hot dogs and other refreshments to visitors of the Animal Control facility from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other activities and offers, including free microchip identification services for pet owners in Amarillo, will be available.

For adoption information, visit the Humane Society website at or call (806) 373-1716. The Amarillo Animal Control Shelter and the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society, located at 3501 S. Osage, are open from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. People searching for lost pets can do so any hour of day at
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