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In 2016, Iredell County Animal Services Director Brad Gates (right) and veterinarian Dr. Kimberly Ball (left) were part of the effort to help 90 cats found living in a home in Mooresville. 

The director of Iredell County Animal Services has resigned and the shelter veterinarian's contract was terminated following an internal investigation.

Iredell County Manager Beth Jones said Director Brad Gates resigned from his position Tuesday after being placed on investigative suspension Sept. 4. Dr. Kim Ball’s employment was terminated effective Wednesday, Jones said. She had also been on suspension since Sept. 4.

Jones could not offer details on the suspensions or investigation because it is a personnel matter.

Assistant County Manager Joseph Pierce has been operating as acting animal services director, Jones said. The department is contracting out veterinary services at this time.

Jones said Gates' annual salary was $80,354.64; Ball was being paid $80,272.96 annually.

Gates was named head of animal control in 2013 and Ball came on board a year later.

“The department is continuing to operate under normal conditions based on the season and shelter capacity,” Jones stated in an email. “I want to stress that no animals have been harmed or negatively impacted leading up to or as a result of this personnel matter.”

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