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Upheaval at Humane Society meeting

Friday, June 6, 2008

Accusations and innuendos filled the air at the Clay County Humane Society meeting Friday night as a new board of directors was selected at the emergency session.

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."

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There has been problems for years ,everybody wants control and there is no accountibility for funds because they do not come under the scrutinity of the state board of accounts. The way to solve the problem is the city or county is going to have to take control. Where the tax money the city and county gives them now no one knows

-- Posted by george1 on Sat, Jun 7, 2008, at 1:03 AM

What a rude evil bunch of people! God help the animals and this community for what is about to desend!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Sat, Jun 7, 2008, at 7:48 AM

The Humane Shelter was run so well four years ago. Why did they let that fellow go? I forget his name. But Im old. I worked there as a volunteer. That guy worked like nobodys business.

I think I agree that its time to have accountability in the shelter. But tax payers do not want to use shelter/rescue services. There are alot of donations. I dont understand why we always have problems with the management. I do feel that closing volunteers down, suggests to me that they are hiding something.

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Sat, Jun 7, 2008, at 12:09 PM

Todd Pierce is a GREAT person. He cares deeply for the animals. I think the others are just power hungry. I say elect more compassionate down to earth people like Todd. He's a real TEAM PLAYER that is always there for "THE ANIMALS".

Bless ALL the animals & the humans that care for them.

-- Posted by fourhorses on Sat, Jun 7, 2008, at 3:57 PM

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Sat, Jun 7, 2008, at 6:02 PM

This was a very fair election and ALL the members got to voice thier opinion on the ballot. It was nice to see such a turnout of animal lovers. I just hope that all those people who attended continue to come to the shelter and volunteer thier time and talent for the sake of the animals.

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Sun, Jun 8, 2008, at 12:22 PM

That would be nice. It seems that the shelter has turned into a power trip instead of a safe place for animals.

And you are right, it was a fair election. Just too bad it had to get UGLY before it was over

-- Posted by madmom61 on Sun, Jun 8, 2008, at 1:47 PM

I haven't been to the shelter for quite some time. The last time I was there, Kay Crabb was running it, and doing a really good job. She got several dogs that I am familiar with into rescue shelters, instead of euthanizing them. Too bad she couldn't make the powers that be happy.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sun, Jun 8, 2008, at 6:50 PM

Nobody can make those wolves happy

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Jun 10, 2008, at 1:43 PM

It's too bad that they all can't get along and do what is right for the animals and put petty things aside. I know a couple of people that have tried to give of their time at the shelter and they were turned away. There are alot of power hungry people in this town, come on people, this is BRAZIL!!!!!!

-- Posted by SURVIVINGMOM on Tue, Jun 10, 2008, at 6:30 PM

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