Head of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control resigns

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 21, 2014) – The administrator of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control has resigned just days after word of his second suspension came to light, sources tell FOX59.

FOX59 learned last week that Dan Shackle had been suspended in mid-March because of an “internal personnel issue.” Two other IACC investigators were let go shortly after Shackle’s first suspension in January. FOX59 investigated IACC following the initial suspension, which came after Shackle tipped off local animal rescues and businesses ahead of a multi-agency sweep.

Spencer Moore, a retired Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer and father of slain IMPD officer David Moore, will serve as IACC’s interim director. He’s currently working as a special assistant to the Director of Public Safety.

Moore also served nine years as IACC administrator in the 90s.

“It is a very difficult situation. As a culture, we’ve become so attached to our pets that it just makes it difficult to deal. We have the citizenry that is very much in tune with the needs of these animals,” Moore said. “I think one element to management that Dan didn’t have was within law enforcement and dealing with crisis issues constantly.”

Shackle was appointed administrator in September 2012. According to the Department of Public Safety, the live-save rate at IACC improved from 49 percent in 2011 to 64 percent in 2013. Shackle will leave his position to practice law in Indianapolis.

Moore expects to serve as interim administrator for about six months until Shackle’s replacement is found. He hopes to boost morale by sitting down with staff one-on-one, going out on runs with animal control officers and filling at least 10 openings within the department, including his.

“It would be good to see [Moore] spend more time with the employees,” said Valerie Washington, deputy director of the Department of Public Safety. “We do want to make sure we have our pulse on some of the needs and issues and he will be there every day to field those things for us.”