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Animal Control Director may soon learn fate

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The fate of a local Animal Control Director may soon be decided. The Saginaw County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Wednesday, May 21 to discuss Kevin Wilken's job performance and employment status.

Wilken has been on paid administrative leave since December. Since that time, county leaders and Wilken himself have said very little about the embattled animal control director's future.

At this point, it is still unclear why Wilken was put on administrative leave. What is clear is that the county prosecutor received paperwork on Wilken. What that paperwork is about, and why it is in the hands of criminal prosecutor, is unknown.

You may recall TV5's report, asking tough questions of Wilken last July. Residents were concerned about the conditions at the animal shelter.

The county is being fined thousands of dollars for violations at the shelter, including euthanizing animals too quickly, improperly maintained cages and improper sanitation and food handling.

At this point, the county has to pay $9,500 for the citations. The state originally imposed a fine of more than $16,000 but reduced it because the county has already taken steps to improve conditions at the shelter.

As long as the shelter remains in compliance, the county will not have to pay the bigger fine.

Wilken said that staff and volunteers at the facility try very hard to keep it clean and safe for animals.

The community just wants the animals at the facility to be safe. Ultimately, what happens next is up to the county board of commissioners.

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