Humane Society Board Member Backs Johnston

January 15, 2010
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A member of the Connecticut Humane Society’s board of directors says she is surprised that some employees and former employees are criticizing the Society’s President and Chairman as a bully.

Kathyann Cowles of Glastonbury said in a telephone interview today that during the many years she has been involved in various aspects of the Humane Society’s work she had not heard any criticism of Richard Johnston’s management style. And she said she saw no evidence of workers being unhappy. She said she considered Johnston to be “transparent” and a good manager.

However, she did say that during a recent board meeting she was told that there might be retribution against the management because two employees were fired for what she said was improper union activities. The two were managers and had violated labor rules by becoming involved with the union, she said she was told.

Cowles is the first board member to respond to allegations that Johnston has created a stressful work environment by publicly humiliating employees, requiring them to help take care of his daughter during their work hours, and hiding chemicals when federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors conducted an inspection on Sept. 11, 2009. Details are contained in columns listed below this blog item.

The allegations were provided to me by several former and present employees from the Newington-based Society, including  Bridget Karchere, who was a finance assistant and had intimate knowledge of the Society’s bookkeeping, and Maureen Lord, who worked at the Society more than eight years, including four as Johnston’s personal assistant. They were both fired Dec. 18. The state Attorney General’s office says it is investigating their allegations.

Johnston, who has headed the Humane Society for about 20 years, has not responded directly. He is a lawyer and a former state senator.

A Society spokeswoman declined to comment on any of the specific claims that have been made – including that a larger percentage of animals are euthanized than what is made public.

Instead, spokeswoman Alicia Wright blamed the allegations on an attempt to unionize the administrative workers at the Society’s three centers and threatened libel action against anyone who made these claims or published them.

A group of former and present employees as well as volunteers have also raised questions about apparent conflicts of interest as several board members provide services to the Humane Society.

For instance, Cowles, an architect has provided the society with architectural work both as owner of her own firm as well as when she used to work for a Glastonbury firm.

Cowles, who said she earned $11,000 from her work from the society last year, said she charges the society a minimal fee for her work helping to improve its facilities and said she donates scores of hours. She said she does not vote on issues involving her work.

Christopher White, another board member who owns the Hartford Magazine and a group of weekly newspapers in Central Connecticut called Life, received about $22,000 in advertising for his publications last year. He declined to comment this week.

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56 Responses to Humane Society Board Member Backs Johnston

  1. Alpha Dog on January 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Blah,Blah,Blah,
    Of course another Board member is sticking up for Richard Johnston. No one has ever come forward before because they were afraid of what would happen to him. Hundreds of people, most not even employed by CHS are coming forward with Johnstons wrong doings. I’m sure you are afraid of what might become of your position on the Board, and the profits you make from CHS!
    If sooo many people support Richard, why have YOU been the only one to speak on his behalf? Coming from someone who doesn’t even know the day to day activities that go on in the shelter? I’m sure you are one of the ones enjoying the $200.00 lunch during your Board meetings that the animal care workers go and get for you. If I was you I’d be a little leary of eating anything brought to you by one of us!

    • CatLover on January 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

      Who’s alpha dog? What about their treatment of cats?

      • Lindsay on January 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

        Cats are reguarded the same as dogs. If someone wishes to relinquish a cat it better be under 5 yrs old and in good health or they will be turrned away due to a “lack of room”. Older senior cats are not so welcome becuase they take longer to adopt and occupy cage space. They do occassionally get a nasty cat that will not be handled and is sent out as a barn cat for anyone in need of a good mouser. The cats have their own staff of volunteers that play with them, but ffor some cats the condo is very stressful especially if they aren’t fond of other felines. There used to be cages in the hallway for these cat aggressive cats to be segregated to reduce stress, but Mr. J didn’t like they way they looked cluttering the halls so those went away.

        • JP on January 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

          The CHS only accepts private surrenders, in most cases already vetted, young, healthy cats. These cats are easy to place and cost the CHS very little money as they only need updated vaccines. Owners are placed on a waiting list and required to pay a surrender fee. This policy has given the CHS a reduced euthanasia rate and cost per cat. It gives the appearance improvement at CHS for cat statistics. Mr. J’s policies on cat surrender have resulted in an incredible burden on the smaller 501c3 rescue groups to take in the strays on the streets, under someone’s porch, abandoned in hallways, older cats and so on. The required veterinary care for these cats is far in excess of what the CHS is willing to spend on a per cat basis. Ask any of the rescue groups in Ct how many cats they have taken from CHS because of a SMALL medical issues that they refuse to treat and would rather euthanize the cat. For Mr. J it is all about appearance.

      • Jenn on January 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm

        Alpha Dog is obviously very upset with her own life, pissed off because shes trying to be the hero when really all she is a damn villain herself.

        • Concerned Citizen on January 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm

          Go find another cause to entertain you on the web Jenn, you are heartless to attack the wonderful people trying right 20 years of wrong-doing. Open your eyes please.

    • FormerVolunteer on January 29, 2010 at 6:46 am

      Doesnt everyone understand that RJ has HAND PICKED his board so they won’t question him and they give him whatever he wants or asks for. Also, JENN is a board member of the Fox Memorial……the next disaster that needs to be looked into. A whole other arm that Richard Johnston controls and needs to be investigated with a board under his control. (Not to open up another can of worms but a can that needs to be opened).

  2. James on January 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    For reference, the National Labor Relations Board is investigating those firings as illegal.

    These statements also do not answer to questions regarding euthanasia policies or statistics, the OSHA investigation, or a host of other allegations that, as is clear from comments on previous posts, have enough support to demand investigation concerning the health and safety of the employees and animals. Ms. Cowles should be less focused on stating what she knows or rather, has been told, and actually promise to investigate these claims and deliver evidence of proper oversight. Perhaps even find a way to talk to a few of the employees that she believes are not unhappy.

  3. Employee on January 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    WOW, $22,000 for publishing! That is way more than I made at CHS this year!

  4. omd on January 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Don’t you there is a conflict her Ms. Cowles….. If it was policital u would all end up in jail like Roland and maybe the inocent til proven guilty Eddie Perez…. Why should a non profit be any diifferent then a government agency!! IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE HARD WORKING MIDDLE CLASS GETTING SCREWED BY THE CROOKED POLITALS AND RICH…. RECOGNIZATION IS REQUIRED!!!!!!!!!!! Last time I checked there are several UNIONS with Management….It’s illegal to union bust. Stop wasting peoples generous donations on the cost of attorneys! This is only harming the animals. If any of you where trully supportive of the animals mission statement you would get out.

  5. Employee on January 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    The only one violating any labor laws is RICHARD JOHNSTON!

  6. Greyhound Lover on January 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Of course you are sticking up for Dick; you are now the humane society’s private contractor for all building projects… You’ve got a lot to loose if he is no longer controlling you… I mean employing you…
    Why don’t you investigate the issue instead of wasting time being…transparent?

    • Victoria Andreo on January 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

      Birds of a feather…flock together.

  7. anony mouse on January 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    CHS had invested tens-of-thousands of dollars with Kathyann’s former employer. When Kathyann left that organization, CHS forfeited all of that money, and work product, to hire Kathyann again in her new solo career. But no, obviously she has no conflict of interest.
    Also, though I have worked there for many years, I can honestly say that I don’t even know what this woman looks like. If she donates scores of hours, it is not by coming in to help the animals in any way.
    Obviously this woman has SUBSTANTIAL reason to ensure that Richard Johnston stays in power at CHS, and keeps writing her blank checks for shoddy work. I challenge anyone to do a resource-use study on the newest of her projects for CHS, and still say that it is anything short of a money-pit.
    Johnston and the Board continue to hemorrhage money donated in good faith, just to keep their own duplicity, guilt, and cruelty from coming to light.

  8. Remy on January 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Honestly if Cowles views Johnston to be “transparent” and a good manager than where are his supporters? She pretty much considers him to be a swell guy and if that’s the case than why aren’t there more board members who “Benefit” from CHS coming forward. Maybe because of the fear of losing “easy money” and their spot. It’s this very same political BS that is taking place every where and even more frustrating that it is taking place at a non-profit organization for animals. But then again Richard Johnston is a former state senator so I guess we shouldn’t be all that surprised with his actions now should we.

  9. Employee on January 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    On this Website from 2001 lists Richard Johnstons salary at $111,534,
    A far cry from what he is stating he makes now, 57,000! I seriously doubt that he makes less now than he did 9 years ago! LIES, LIES, and more LIES!!!
    http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/01/11/individuaLComp1101.html

    • Employee on January 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm

      Here is another listing his salary @ 130,000 a year, still in 2001, and this is before the Fox Clinic opened in which he gets paid from them now too!
      http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/watch-3.html

  10. Alpha Dog on January 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I think its time to notify the IRS!

  11. Alpha Dog on January 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    If you recall in the first post Richard Johnston claims he only makes 57,000 a year, over 9 years ago he made double that, HMMM, not another LIE?

  12. R.S. on January 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Of course you would not have heard anything negative about Richard. If an employee ever says something he does not want to hear, they are written up. That is how he silences the lambs. People are so afraid ~ even those who work directly under him. They are under his spell. Ask an employee or volunteer the last time he ever spoke to them. If he has something to say to you, it is by way of one of his messengers. And it is not usually positive. He continually distorts the truth. When was the last time you spoke to any of the employees/volunteers? Shame on you for coming to his rescue before you did your research.

    • James on January 15, 2010 at 10:20 pm

      Well said, and again, the key is the research… we need to be hearing from board members that have looked into these allegations. Who have spoken, in circumstances that don’t threaten the employees, that aren’t meetings as usual, and asked for the truth of how things really are.

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  14. Azy on January 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    After reading a few articles about what is going on, I will say that I do have tremendous respect for most of the staff still working there under these horrific conditions….you know the ones who are working hard for the animals and not the money. The Connecticut Humane Society’s mission is to promote humanity and kindness, and to prevent cruelty to man and animals. Clearly Richard Johnston never got the “Memo”. By him using hard working peoples donations for his own benefit is taking away from the animals and the “Mission”. Maybe Cowles needs to get her butt down there to make up for some of the “Score of Hours” she claims to have done.

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  16. Harry P. on January 16, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I can hardly believe what I just read. Mr. J does not tell board members most of what goes on in the shelter with the animals or employees. This is common knowledge. And everyone needs to remember that the effort to join the Machinists Union is an important step in trying to help the employees that love and care for the animals. But it is just one part of what is happening here. The fact that Mr. J presents the situation to the board and the public as being a complete and total result of union activity is utterly ridiculous. Very serious problems existed for years prior to anyone contacting a union. That is why the Coalition for Change was formed. We knew the union could not assist us with many of our concerns. The union handles employee and labor issues. CHS has so many problems under the current management there does not exist one organization/person that can look into everything and fix it. The Coalition hopes to find a way to address all of the issues as quickly as possible since every day that passes continue to put the workers and animals at risk.

  17. Mer on January 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    How shocking the genius architect who designed an animal shelter providing no animal access to the outdoors and a roof line that pools water causing excessive and constant leaking is standing up for the man who signs her paycheck. Who else is going to give this woman repeat work?

    Of course she’s “shocked” to learn of Richard’s alleged behavior; the Board is never in the building save for the occasional meeting in the executive area (i.e. not the animal handling areas). The Board does not interact with the staff and the staff is impliedly instructed to not interact with the Board.

    If this woman had any credibility she would do her own investigations rather rely on the logical falsehood that if she’s never heard of something it must not exist.

  18. Alpha Dog on January 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    How is it that a Manager can come into work late everyday, but when an employee is just 3 minutes late one day they are verbally abused in front of thier other co-workers? Not to worry about people not liking you Deb, you’ll still be able to hold hands with Kitty in the unemployment line!

    • Jenn on January 18, 2010 at 10:11 am

      And I thought the CT Humane Society’s staff was all about the animals. Caring for them, helping them. I mean who would work in a non-profit organization if they didn’t? Silly me. Obviously all the “employees” there are too concerned with they’re own problems to even try and care for the animals. I thought CHS was an amazing non-profit institute built to care for the animals with staff to back it up but sadly I was wrong, the only thing you seem to be concerned with is your pay and how YOU are treated. It’s not about you, it’s about the animals, remember? I am only a customer, and observer, Imagine what people on the inside must feel. Shame on you for thinking you are the only one who matters.

      • Alpha Dog on January 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

        You are an idiot. Believe me this has nothing to do with money. The animals are being neglected because there are not enough staff to care for them properly. If you read any of the other posts you would see this is to benifit the animals of CHS. The employees are NOT asking for more money, just better treatment!

        • Jenn on January 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm

          Well obviously you cant handle simple problems in life if you just go around calling people idiots. How DARE you complain about mistreatment, you just called a customer an idiot. I am sorry if I misunderstood the issue but you did mention that you work for barely nothing, why mention such a thing if “money is not the issue”.

          • Also a Volunteer on January 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm

            Kind of a “hot” issue to misunderstand and then comment on. You berated workers that care very much about the animals and are only trying to make a positive change. They have said not one word about wanting more pay. If you don’t care to fully read all of these articles and comments and educate yourself before lashing out at a good group of people that don’t deserve it, then stop whining about being called an idiot.

      • Mer on January 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm

        Jenn,

        Clearly you lack reading comprehension. The employees are not complaining about pay and, in fact, have gone on record time and again to make it clear this is not about CHS, it is about Johnston and the Board. But, if you want, breathe bleach for 8 hours a day without ventilation, for a month, and then tell me what you think adequate compensation for sacrificing the functionality of your lungs should be. I suspect you think your health is worth a lot more money than the average CHS animal care employee is compensated.

        • Jenn on January 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm

          Well, now wouldn’t my misunderstanding be your fault for not being clear?

          • Also a Volunteer on January 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm

            Seems you’re kind of alone in your lack of comprehension.

      • In the know... on January 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

        Jenn, please continue to read all the articles & comments. You have completely misunderstood what the employees are up against. It is NOT about the money. It is about the animals and lack of care and compassion from President Dick, the Board & the managers. The animal care staff are the most devoted group of individuals and are continually set up to fail by management. They are not allowed to speak their compassionate minds without being silenced and pushed down. Perhaps you were refering to President Dick when you stated ~ Shame on you for thinking you are the only one who matters…. Now that makes sense!

      • Yet another former on January 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm

        Jenn, you need to re read ALL of the posts. Or maybe you are a plant from Mr J’s wonderful world and he needs someone to stand up for him. This is clearly not about the money, it never has been. Imagine your a dog in a cage and the incoming staff of MAYBE 3 people on a good day is in charge of cleaning, feeding and walking you. There could be 16 dogs in the main kennel, 10 in the isolation kennel waiting to be evaluated, 4 in the sick kennel and a few who just came in. Once your done walking and cleaning EVERY cage in the building first thing, you have to take your break or you get “spoken to” or written up. Then you have to run laundry, wash floors, wash water bowls and food bowls, accept deliveries, put donations away so that the garage is organized….somehow find time to go to lunch or again, you get spoken to for not going at your ASSIGNED time…..then start some of the process over again to make sure the dogs get walked, and then re fed for dinner. I applaud these people for what they do and not here complaining about the pay.

        • Jenn on January 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm

          It’s a job people, get over it and be thankful you even have one in such horrible economic times. Maybe you should sign off and deal with problems head on. No one has a gun to your head, the words “I quit” don’t seem to be THAT hard to pronounce.

          • Lindsay on January 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm

            Unfortunately if everyone walks out, the animals suffer more than they are now. There are standards of living for sheltered animals and they are not being met, that’s the issue at hand.

      • Remy on January 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm

        Really Jenn?????? Why don’t you read and get your facts straight before you decide to open your mouth. You are just making yourself look foolish sweetie.

        • Jenn on January 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm

          Six question marks huh? WOW you must be real angry. Don’t call me a fool and sweetie in the same sentence it makes YOU look like the fool. Sadly, this forum has nothing to do with opening my mouth. If any of you had enough courage to open your mouths maybe you wouldn’t be so upset about all of this. Ya know, I just wandered onto this page and as a customer of CHS I thought I would state my opinion. I didn’t think much of it but to read all of this, it is truly upsetting. For people who seem to care so much about being treated right and being respected you certainly don’t emulate it.

          • Shock & Awe on January 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm

            People, I think it’s time we all decided to simply disregard Jenn’s ignorance so we can focus on the real issues again. She is not interested in the truth, only in causing further argument. Clearly, she is the authority on courage who’s opinion is as informed as that of Kathyann Cowles.

            Speaking of Ms. Cowles, I’m not surprised to hear that she “saw no evidence of workers being unhappy.” On the few occasions I have witnessed her walk through any portion of the shelter other than the upstairs offices, she has paid no more regard to the employees than Richard does on a given day. I’d put more credence in the testimony of one of the many broken squeegees than I would in that of Kathy Cowles.

  19. Been there done that on January 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Of course Kathyann is going to stand up for Richard. About five years ago her 16 year old daughter needed a job so Dick gave her one at the shelter. Now their policy is you have to be 18 and work full time, but he made an exception for her and let her work part time and being only 16. As a matter of fact you have to be 18 just to volunteer. Talk about bending the rules. When I said work I was really stretching the truth, thats all this girl did was walk or stand around talking on her cell phone. Not a real go getter.

  20. Alpha Dog on January 17, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Just wanted to say that when the Westport animal sanctuary opened a nice family offered a gently used living room set to be used for the animals at the
    sanctuary. Johnston declined thier donation and instead PURCHASED a brand new leather living room set! You can see pictures of it on CHS website.
    Also animals with behavorial problems like not using the litter box are not allowed the use of this sanctuary, come to think of it , there are NOT too many animals that do get to benifit from it, they are usually euthanized before they ever make it there. These are just for the publics eyes, just like the Newington Headquaters. Recently many upgrades were made to the Newington Shelter.
    This was after employees hours were cut, and 2 employee outings were also taken away….. so of course a few employees voiced thier opinion about this.
    The next day a “memo” was posted in the break room that said “employees need to stop complaining about the upgrades because it is what the public and customers see is what matters.”I hope that the public does see, sees to it that he be TERMINATED & PROSOCUTED immediately!

    • Remy on January 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      Wow!!! You would think that it would have been more appropriate to take the living room set as a donation from that nice family. This is disturbing to know that many hard working people’s donations have been going towards a brand new leather living room set, and not towards hiring someone to handle the “troubled” animals. My god if he preferred something new to go into the facility, I think even IKEA would have been more realistic!!!

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  22. omd on January 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Hey is there such thing as a licensed Animal Behavoralist??? Does the CHS have one?

    • Lindsay on January 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

      Yes. And no. The current Behavior Evaluator has minor “certifications” from independant organizations. There are no standardized certifications for being a dog trainer or evluator, but you can obtain a college doctorate in animal behavior. There’s nothing wrong with having an evaluator who is not certified so long as they do not carry biases towards breeds (saving aggressive bully breeds but euthanizing herding dogs) and chose to use positive methods to rehab dogs in need. The job of an evaluator is to look at the whole picture and determine the course of action for each dog – directly to adoption, short-term foster (socialization), long-term foster (more serious issues), breed specific rescue, or possibly the use of office workers for an in-house foster situation to get dogs out of the kennels. And of course some dogs may be too far gone medically or behaviorally to be safely let back into society – ie dogs with a bite history are 10x more likely to bite again therefore not suitable for adoption. It should be a highly time consuming position, not a 9-5 and ignore when you leave. This is a job that should continue on weekends and reaching out to people who have adopted dogs with issues to maintain a relationship ensuring that everything works out.

  23. omd on January 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Jenn-
    I am a volunteer and I say you need to wake up and smell the coffee or this case the MILKBONES! Not only do I work a full time job. But I volunteer several hours a week to CHS, but I donate my hard earned money for the animals. I can assure you beyond a reasonable doubt that the STAFF, regardless of who they are…. Not only works on a daily bases, but also work after hours bringing countless animals home to foster or even adopt them rather than the animal be euthanized. They also volunteer at several fundraising events. Not once have I seen your pal Richard come downstairs clean a cage or walk a dog. Just get over yourself and him…ZIP IT!

    • Jenn on January 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

      Who said I was sticking up for HIM? You all think you’re all hot shit, dont you?

      • Concerned Citizen on January 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm

        We are great people, thanks for recognizing that Jenn.

  24. Also a Volunteer on January 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I wonder how much time this lady has spent watching Mr J interact with the staff and animals? And seriously, how stupid would he be to act like his normal self in front of a Board Member? How ridiculous. This lady is obviously getting kickbacks – or is just completely fooled by his fake persona. But one thing she’s right about is that he is transparent. Because no matter how cordial he has been to me as a volunteer, I could always see right through it. He’s the fakest (and frankly weirdest and creepiest) individual I’ve ever met. Once I saw him berating an employee and when he realized a volunteer was witnessing it, his whole demeanor changed. Oopsie! Caught ya Mr. J!

    • Yet another former on January 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm

      and as the president of this organization should he not be present when there are fund raising events at the shelter? Should he not be thanking people for their support? Should he not be in the trenches getting down and dirty during events? Oh yeah , I forgot who we’re talking about here….Not that we’d WANT him around but as the “leader” (and I use that term loosely) he should be there for those events.

      • Also a Volunteer on January 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

        Oh please! And dirty his khaki’s?

  25. InTheKnow on January 20, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Keep the momentum going but stick to the issues at hand. If we’re reading these you can be sure Dickie has his people reading them too. These people will engage you in written arguements in another attempt to shut you down and hush this up. Don’t let this happen. The CHS IS a hostile working environment and that is what this issue is all about. Workers have complained many times over many years and it’s fallen on deaf ears. To speak with a union tells me, and should tell anyone else, no one cared, no one listened. The Union was their last chance . Keep the posts going.. keep writing the letters as I’ve been BUT keep with facts and not personal feelings against this most inhumane man to yourself. Dont lose what you’ve gained because of anger.

  26. A on February 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I have just finished reading all the posts and I must say that I’m very disappointed to hear of the conditions that ALL the ANIMALS, EMPLOYEES and VOLUNTEERS are dealing with both at CHS and Fox.
    I applaud all those smart and brave enough to report their concerns and support them 100%. To me it sounds like investigations by OSHA and others are long overdue.
    As a former employee of a non-profit I thought that if there was a executive board that these positions were volunteer? My former employee also has a board of directors where the president of the board is also paid to run the agency. There is also at least one board member who is a local business owner and also just happens to perform almost all of this agencies service work on the agencies fleet of vehicles. Is this a conflict of interest? I believe so……….
    So do I believe that a conflict of interest is obvious when more then one board of director has a personal business and performs work for CHS and profits from it? YES, YES I do!!
    Again, thank you to all current and past employees for bringing this deplorable and unnecessary treatment of ANIMALS AND PEOPLE to the public attentions!
    I guess I’ll have to rethink sending more donations to CHS when I receive that annual appeal letter in my mailbox. I prefer to know that my money is going to help the animals directly and not into someone’s pocket who doesn’t deserve it!

  27. Greyhound lover on April 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    So the corruption and crimes against animals still continue at the CHS. Insiders report management is back to their old ways…being bullies and distorting the true mission of the society. What people don’t realize is that Dick Johnston may be gone, but the place is still run by his toadies. These unqualified managers, BOD members-esp the rotten chairman, and executives are the ones calling the shots. Don’t forget Dick hired these people because they would do whatever he said without question, they have no morals or true understanding or concern of what animal care really means. Not to mention they aided and abetted Dick in illegal practices! What is going on here? This is still allowed to happen? Not to mention the new chairmen of the BOD lies to the public on a constant basis.
    The behaviorist, if you can even call her that, has a breed bias. She openly stated that all labs are stupid dogs, plain and simple. She does not like herding breeds at all. She loves pitbulls…that’s about it. Currently she spends ALL her time with a pitbull named Bam Bam that has a bite history. He can’t even be placed through the society due to policy regarding bite history. While there are great dogs like Brady, who are not pitbulls, rotting away in the shelter. Brady has dog aggression…and they want to place him through a rescue. Can you believe that the richest animal organization in the state is looking for some tiny rescue to absorb the financial and behavioral implications this “dog aggressive” canine may incurr. They are unwilling to work with the dog, pay for it’s care, and place it for adoption themselves. The behaviorist does not have time for Brady because…A) he is not a pittbull B) She spends her day working with Bam Bam, a dog with a bite history. Dogs who have bite histories are usually euthanized at CHS. I am not wishing harm on pitbulls, but what goes for pitbulls should then be the standards for all dogs. And finally C) she is too busy trainging dogs to ride skateboards in the hall and watching YouTube than to work with the wonderful begaviorally challenged dogs that aren’t pitbulls at the shelter…Oh and we can’t forget euthanizing dogs after hours so as not to alert the staff…
    People please, do you see what’s going on here? Demand answers, help the coalition expose these crimes, and for pete’s sake don’t listen to Chris Whites lies.





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