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Animal Services gets new manager

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Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:54 am

Oconee Animal Services has a familiar face as its new manager: Crystal Berisko.

Berisko was previously an officer at Oconee Animal Services until spring of 2016 when she accepted a job as a city of Madison Animal Control officer.  

Oconee renamed Animal Control to Animal Services and changed the title of its department head from director to manager.

The former director, Catlyn Vickers, stepped down in April following an investigation into missing money and management of drugs that was triggered by the actions of an assistant director.

Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency Dennis M. Troughton Sr. said the investigation is still ongoing. 

“We are establishing new protocols in handling of drugs in the facility,” said Berisko. “It will be under the direct supervision of the vet with whom we hold our license.”

Berisko emphasized that Animal Services will keep an inventory of all its drugs, which previously had been incomplete.

Berisko said another goal for the department is to promote its adoption and foster programs.

“Our intent will be to inspire the community and create resources for them to care for their animals properly,” she said, listing grants for spay and neuter as an objective, as well as puppy training classes.

“We have a lot of pitbulls now,” she said. “We want to make sure they are going into loving homes.”

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