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The Lawrence Police Department is investigating poor conditions found inside the city‘s Animal Control shelter.

Police were called to the shelter on a vandalism report but when Deputy Chief Greg Swingle arrived, he found the animals, mostly dogs, in poor condition.

Two of the dogs were already dead. Many of the dogs were malnourished and Police Chief Michael Walton decided to suspend a Lawrence Animal Control officer, who was later fired.

That person was a civilian employee.

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Swingle says the shelter is under the jurisdiction of the police department. A state veterinarian will visit the shelter Thursday to assess the situation.