Elk County Humane Society turns finance issues over to police

ST. MARYS – The Elk County Humane Society is turning over the effort to retrieve its missing records and assets to the St. Marys City Police Department, the organization said in a press release issued Tuesday. The Humane Society's financial records and assets have been out of the organization's control since June 24.Shortly after June 24, the Humane Society announced that it would be reorganizing effective immediately. In that statement, the organization announced that "for the foreseeable future, the Humane Society will be operated by an all-volunteer staff, they will not be accepting new animals and they will not be able to provide Humane Officer Services."According to that release, Elk County Humane Society Treasurer Rich Danz resigned unexpectedly on Friday, June 24, and at that time was in possession of the society's assets and financial records. In the most recent release, the Humane Society stated that its records and assets have yet to be returned and "continues to survive through the good works of volunteers and the generosity of many individuals." "We are down, but we are certainly not out,” said Elk County Humane Society Vice President Joe Boylan in the release. Operations will continue to be curtailed until the Humane Society regains possession of its assets and records. Until that time, the organization will be unable to accept surrendered animals, with the exception of any strays that are brought in by Animal Control Officer Debbie Constable or Elk/Jefferson County Dog Warden Jamie Carlson. Additionally, the Humane Officer will still be accepting abuse calls. The shelter is beginning new hours of operation this week and will now be open Tuesday and Thursday from 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m., and Friday by appointment. Appointments should be made by calling 834-3247."The officers, directors, volunteers, and certainly the animals, if they could speak, want to acknowledge everyone who has come forward in support the Humane Society during this time of crisis. The donations of money, time and supplies have been critically important in maintaining day to day operations," the release stated. "The shelter remains in operation on a month-to-month basis through the generosity of the entire county, and presently there are 12 dogs and 20 cats that are seeking good homes." Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, July 18, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.