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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Lt. Chris Martin is serving as the interim shelter operations manager for Guilford County.

Martin said though the shelter is closed to the public, staff who have returned are continuing to care for the 808 animals.

A local veterinarian has volunteered to examine and treat the animals.

“Most of the care that’s being done is being done at our intake facility where the animals were brought in. We had a vet here until 9 o’clock last night going through the animals and different problems they were having. That’s all been taken care of at this point. The vet is coming back today to look at some more,” Martin said.

Guilford County’s Risk Management is checking on the lighting and safety procedures to make sure they are accurate and follow guidelines.

No new adoptions are allowed until after the shelter reopens Saturday. However, if residents previously adopted an animal and they have been cleared for release, they may be picked up this week during the closure.

Davidson County Commissioner Todd Yates said the Davidson County shelter is open for adoption and operation as normal during the investigation. Yates said they are working with a temporary agency to put staff on the payroll until they figure out all their options.

This Saturday, the Davidson County Animal Shelter is hosting an adoption fair from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. All the animals will be for sale at reduced prices.

United Animal Coalition President Carolyn Cudd has been on the UAC board for a year and a half and served as President for only four weeks. Cudd said in a phone interview she is still in shock by the serious allegations against both shelters.

“We are really shocked and upset by this but were going to help the county and we're going to help them with the transition as much as we can,” Cudd said. “Ultimately it’s the animals that everyone really cares about. So we can get through all that but our main focus is till the welfare of the animals.”