JACKSONVILLE, Texas — The Klein Animal Shelter was the main shelter in Jacksonville for several years before being forced to shut down due to abuse towards the animals it sheltered.

In 2015, authorities raided the high-kill Klein Animal Shelter after receiving numerous complaints of abuse.

According to our news partner the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Angela Wallace, the shelter's executive director, was charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals and illegal euthanasia. She was sentenced to probation after being found guilty in 2016.

Since that time, animals were taken to other shelters throughout the area while the city worked to set up a new shelter.

The Jacksonville Animal Shelter opened in March of this year in the same location as the defunct Klein Animal Shelter.

Supervisor Gary Grimes says he wants the community to trust the work the new, low-kill shelter is doing to help the animals they receive. 

"I want to have a good interaction with the community to where they can come and seek help," Grimes explained.

There are currently nine dogs and six cats ready for adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of these pets, you are encouraged to visit the shelter's website.