Pet shelter board looking to erase the slate


The board of directors of the Top of Ohio Pet Shelter are looking to wipe the slate clean and start anew.

That includes reaching out to citizens who have supported the organization in the past, forming an entirely new board of directors, adopting new policies and hiring new people to staff the shelter.

The new philosophy, which was the focus of a Monday evening public discussion, came as the result of an investigation by Steffen Baldwin, owner of the Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Ohio.

Mr. Baldwin, who led Monday’s meeting, said the animal shelter has experienced difficulties dating back at least five years that are caused by a lack of written policies and procedures.

The issues came to a head about a month ago, when former board president Larry Mawhorr, former director Lori Plummer and humane agent Carol Souza resigned their positions.

That left only five members remaining on the 11-member board, new president Jan Cooper and two married couples, Gail and Bruce Friend and Jim and Vicki Wolf.

The solution, Mr. Baldwin said is to draw the community back into the fold.

“The biggest issue is that there has been an overall breakdown in the relationships between the community and donors and the board,” he said, stressing the importance of maintaining a healthy public image.

In order to move in that direction, the board will host its planned annual membership meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hilliker YMCA and set a date and time, likely near the end of June, to have a full reorganizational meeting.

Read the entire story in Tuesday's Examiner.