More than 50 current society members elected new board members after current board members President Todd Pierce, Vice-President Loretta Snedeker, Secretary Roxanna Tisdale, Treasurer Sharon Hoffman and At-Large member Rita Emmert announced their resignations as of the end of the meeting.
"In order to do what is best for the animals, we're not here to rehash and debate all the accusations of the past," Pierce said. "We are here to select five board members who will move this organization into the future, and do what is right for the animals."
The crowd was clearly divided in their support of Pierce and Shelter Manager Arlie Stacy.
Members wanted to know why Pierce was asked to resign, security locks were changed twice at the shelter, refusals to accept certain breeds of dogs at the shelter, agreements with the city and county were violated, inadequate and faulty repairs were done at the shelter, how many animals have been euthanized instead of being sent to rescue operations and why volunteers have been turned away.
The society's by-laws were circulated for members to read for clarification, but chaos ensued as members of opposing perspectives confronted each other.
"The bull crap stops now," Pierce, apparently frustrated, announced loudly to stop the mayhem. "I didn't want this to turn into a three-ring circus. We don't need personal vendettas when we leave here. We have to be able to work together. None of us want to regret losing our Christianity this evening."
Pierce said the proper forum for society members seeking answers about their questions would be at the regularly scheduled board meeting at 7 p.m., on June 9, in the First Presbyterian Church Library.
A ballot was presented to the membership with the names of William Bell, Loretta Snedeker, Roxanna Tisdale, Rita Emmert and Valerie Leith listed, but the floor was opened for nominations for write-in candidates.
Deborah A. Bower, Alicia Reisinger and Ray Staub were nominated.
When asked if Pierce would like to continue as president, he said yes and his name was also added to the list.
Each candidate was given two minutes to state their hopes for the future of the shelter before the ballots were collected and tallied.
Bell, Snedeker, Tisdale, Emmert and Leith were voted into office. According to the by-laws, the positions each member will assume will be decided by a vote of the new board members at a future meeting. The board will serve in office until Dec. 31, when elections will be held again to place a new board.
Within minutes of the election results announcement, newly elected board members Snedeker and Tisdale approached Stacey about turning over the keys to shelter.
After receiving the keys, Tisdale proceeded to tell Stacy, "You're fired."