RUSSELLVILLE — The Logan County Humane Society board of directors voted Tuesday to fire the organization's director, Tracy Moser, during a meeting at the Logan County Courthouse.
"I'm not at liberty to disclose personnel matters," said Logan County Magistrate Jo Orange, who sits on the board. "There are several employees in place who are aware of the situation and function very well."
Moser said she has no ill will toward the humane society.
"They can call on me any time. My philosophy since day one was what's best for the animals and what's morally" right, she said. "I said I was going to run it the way Bowling Green runs its (shelter) because it's successful."
Lorri Hare, executive director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society, was at the meeting and said she was troubled at the way Moser was treated.
"She raised tens of thousands of dollars for the shelter. She was given no warning. I just think it was so unprofessional and unethical how they did it," Hare said. "For a nonprofit board to draw someone through the mud is unethical. Everybody wants what's best for these animals in the shelter."
While Moser declined to discuss her firing in detail with the Daily News, she wrote a lengthy Facebook post early Wednesday that suggests the situation arose in the wake of a previous Facebook post Moser wrote that said she couldn't accept donations for a spay/neuter program.
“I thanked them all and told them that since (they) voted not (to) buy the land, I didn't have a clinic to open so with national spay day coming, if they wanted their donations to go towards spay/neuter to please donate their items to the BG shelter where it would actually be used to make a difference with spay neuter because our shelter no longer had a plan for spay day," Moser wrote.
Moser wrote Wednesday that the post had been misinterpreted, and that she didn't damage the shelter but the board did.
“The vote NOT to buy the land, that was the damage," she wrote.
Hare said she initially didn't plan to step in to assist the shelter when she first received a call from Logan County Judge-Executive Logan Chick asking for help last year.
"I said no because I didn't like how things were going," she said.
Before former Logan County Humane Society Director Kathy Maddox resigned last year, the shelter had been overcrowded and in poor shape with a rodent infestation, animals standing in their own feces, big dogs in small kennels, dead animals, sickness and aggression.
Hare eventually decided to get involved. She and members of her staff worked to get the Logan County facility in better shape. They evaluated and made sure proper veterinary care was provided to animals that could be healthy again. Some had to be euthanized.
The Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society also loaned the Logan County shelter some equipment, including computers, cat cages and adoption event cages. While Hare has no plans to collect the equipment immediately, she said she might do that if the shelter goes back to the way it was.
Hare said Moser was good at her job.
"Some great changes have happened in the shelter," she said. "It's not easy. Not everybody could do it."
Hare is under contract with Logan County Fiscal Court to come in and inspect the facility at will, and she will continue to do so.
"I'm required by fiscal court until June 30 to inspect cleanliness, operations and population," she said.
Orange said the board has to make some decisions about how things will be handled at the shelter. For example, will decisions to euthanize animals come through the board first?
"The board has discussed this somewhat. It has not reached a decision on that," she said. "We'll rely on (the shelter workers') expertise. They are trained when it needs to be done and when it doesn't need to be done."
There is also the matter of transports. The humane society takes animals from other shelters and sends others out to be adopted.
"To my knowledge that has not changed," she said. "I see the board continuing to do transports."
An interim director may be named at the next humane society board meeting, which will be at 5:15 p.m. March 10 at the Logan County Courthouse, 200 W. Fourth St.