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Head-on crash sidelines Gentry, animal control officer

A head-on collision Sunday afternoon involving two vehicles seriously injured Harrison County Animal Control officer Mike Gentry of Mauckport. Another person was also injured.
Gentry, 44, was taken by STATCARE air ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital after officers from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. responded to the scene. Gentry’s wife, Lisa, 43, was transported by ambulance.
Both were trapped inside their vehicle when police arrived about 2:50. Gentry was driving his personal vehicle.
The other driver, Alexandra Zingg, 16, of Corydon suffered some minor injuries.
Capt. Richard Bauman of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. said the two cars collided after Zingg’s car crossed over a hill on a narrow part of Union Chapel Road near Lake Road.
The police report noted that both drivers’ views were obstructed. The police report did not indicate fault. Bauman said the drivers’ insurance companies would make that determination.
Mike Gentry has worked as the animal control officer since the facility opened in 2005 and oversees all of its operations.
His assistant resigned last week, leaving only a few part-time workers and volunteer staff.
Harrison County Commissioner James Goldman said after visiting Gentry on Monday that Gentry suffered from a broken hip and wrist and had many lacerations on his face.
‘He’s in very serious condition,’ Goldman said.
Goldman said it was unclear when Gentry would be able to return to work for the county.
‘We’ve got a big job ahead of us just taking care of the shelter and the animals,’ Goldman said Monday.
In the meantime, Goldman said the commissioners had placed Harrison County Maintenance Supervisor David Simon in charge of the control facility. Operations at the animal control facility have also been temporarily suspended.
‘We’ll try to take care of needs as they arise,’ Goldman said.
Simon will temporarily oversee the equipment, building and part-time staff at the control facility.
If a serious problem arises, Simon said, residents ‘need to call 911 like they did in the past.’
Currently, the animal control facility is at full capacity. Simon said veterinarian Barbara Pepin will look after the animals’ health needs.
The temporary new hours of the animal shelter will be 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The shelter will only open for adoptions.