Community Animal Services of Pueblo under investigation, veterinarian no longer employed with shelter

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - After a new organization took over in the new year, Community Animal Services of Pueblo is under investigation by a state department.

On Tuesday, the organization announced the staff veterinarian it hired is no longer employed with the shelter. 11 News asked if Dr. Joel Brubaker was with them on Monday, PAWS said that he was in the afternoon. Less than 24 hours later 11 News learned the board of directors said Brubaker was no longer employed at the Community Animal Services of Pueblo. The shelter did not comment on why because of an active investigation. The Department of Regulatory Agencies confirmed Dr. Brubaker was part of an investigation they were doing. It isn't clear if that investigation is tied to the one being done by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. It isn't clear if he was fired or left on his own accord.

"At this time the Pueblo County Commissioners are not able to comment on the ongoing investigation regarding Community Animal Services of Pueblo," Pueblo County Public Information Officer Adam Uhernik wrote in a release. "The investigation is being conducted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The biggest concern of the Pueblo County Commissioners is the health and welfare of the animals currently under the control of Community Animal Services of Pueblo."

Uhernik adds commissioners will continue to cooperate with all state and local officials on the issue.

Hollis Glenn, with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said he could not comment on an active investigation. He did state, "this is a priority case."

PAWS took over running the animal services for the city and county in January. Prior to that, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region ran it for 16 years. The contract for PAWS is slated to run through 2021.

11 News is working to learn more about the investigation and this article will be updated.