Humane Society Board met last Thursday evening
with Assistant Attorney General David Angle in an
open meeting in an effort to bring to light some
of the issues involved in the suit filed against
the Society by the Attorney Generals office
fifty people filled City Hall Council Chambers
for what turned out to be an emotional, but civil
exchange of opinions between Mr.. Angle, the
Society Board, and the general public.
Opinions from the
public sector generally supported Director David
Butler and his years of service, efforts to
operate the Humane Society shelter, and general
what needed to take place to get the Society back
on track. He emphasized that the results of an
audit due this week are a critical component of
the ongoing resolution of the suit.
"Some of the
things that are most in need of being
addressed," said Angle, "are board
independence and board transparency. If those
things get addressed and there is an active board
that will challenge some of the old guard
decisions and will challenge some of the secrecy
that may have existed in the past, that will
probably resolve everything else that might be at
issue. So thats really what Im trying
to work hardest on.
credit of the Humane Society and the board, they
have gotten their tax exempt status back. That
was a primary concern of mine. I think I can
speak for the office and say it was a primary
concern of the office. That has been lost for a
very long time. And as a result of that and some
other problems, major sources of funding which
would only benefit the animals were lost. I think
there is progress being made to where those
funding sources can be rejuvenated and be
returned so the animals can benefit from the
"It is my
sincerest hope, that this case is resolved in the
immediate future. So this community, this
organization, can serve the charitable class that
they are supposed to be here serving, and
thats the animals. They cant be here,
they cant do what needs to be done for
Angle, the Attorney Generals office was
also concerned about the lax bookkeeping
practices of the board in the past.
Treasurer Bill Johnson spoke frankly to Angle.
havent seen the information that we have
provided you, or youre just blowin
smoke at us, because..." said Johnson.
"Let me say
Im not blowing smoke at you," replied
Angle. "Do you believe me when I say that? -
because you should."
said Johnson, "I know what I gave to him
(attorney Jim Spradling), do I know that it got
to you? No. But when you say there were not any
profit and loss statements for the last two or
three years, everybody on the board knows there
was a list of income, and a list of expenses and
a net for the month. That was presented at every
board meeting for probably the last three or more
years since John (Isabel) turned it over to Chuck
(Miller, former President).
been budgets, for the last two years presented to
the county in order to get the funds from the
county. And the board approved those budgets. You
said there were never any budgets."
Board President Kaylene Cole and Treasurer Connie
board approved budgets?" he asked.
"I have not
seen a budget since Ive been on the
board," said Shull. "And I dont
want this to become an argument of the board up
here, but, you know, we have not seen a budget.
And I have made that remark at every board
meeting that I have not seen a budget."
Ive got an email that I sent to them",
said Johnson. "The auditor for the county
told me we needed to get a request in by a
certain date. I went in ...I sent the email, I
dont remember, I think it went to Connie to
go to the board, and I said Ive got this
ready, heres what I did. Do I go ahead and
give it to him so we get the $7,000 in funds, or
not. My understanding was the answer was yes. Do
you recall that Connie?"
that," replied Shull. "I did not see a
budget. Kaylene (Cole) and I both questioned how
you got a budget to present to the county that
none of us had ever seen."
know what to tell you," said Johnson.
"I think I have the profit and loss
statements at home. Part of it may be that it was
left up to me to come up with some of these
things. And sometimes when I would take them to
the board, I couldnt get them to approve
some of the things. Even with payroll and things
like that. So it wasnt an argumentative
thing, I think we did the best we could with what
think anyone did anything to profiteer from this.
And I dont think anyone has stolen
anything. I think I had my fingers on the money
well enough to know that that wasnt
happening. In any realm that I had any control
over, let me put it like that."
The Board went
into closed session with Mr. Angle after the one
and one half hour open meeting.