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San Anselmo, CA

Marin Humane Society expels two board members amid contro...

Thanks, Joshua, for the encouragement. But as much as I'd love to return to Marin (I dearly miss the people there), I have better things to do with my time and efforts than waste it on a board which seems bent on protecting the status quo. 78% of revenue goes to payroll costs. Look at the parade of high-paid employees = CEO, CFO, COO, CDO, 10 directors, various deparmental managers, 20 (!) paid trainers. All that for 4,000 dogs and cats and a $7 MILLION budget? Whew, no wonder they don't want a change. They're sitting on a gold mine! It's incredibly sad too, because MHS has so much going for it that other communities would give anything for. First of all, a community of supporters that appears to care deeply what happens to Marin's animals. You all seem incredibly caring and willing to sacrifice for our family companions. I have no intention on deadending myself in a place that feels it necessary to provide jobs to the community over saving lives. I just can't support that self-centeredness. If there was some sign that the board was willing to consider pioneering a new way and to leave the old shelter ways behind, I'd be very compelled to toss my hat in the ring. But the dismissal of the 2 caring board members clearly suggests there is another agenda under the table. All my best to all you caring advocates for our animals  (Jan 3, 2011 | post #168)

Belvedere Tiburon, CA

Marin Humane Society expels two board members amid contro...

Whew, lots of reading. But I made it through all 156 comments. Sorry I'm a month behind. For any who happen to stop back I hope you see this post... I was going to apply for Ms. Golt's position but I can see this is not a place for a visionary - a creative leader. It is unfortunate that MHS cannot be forthright in its position statement. It seems to want to say all is well except we need lots of help. Too many secrets and no public info = lots of damaging rumors. I found especially worrisome the comment from Suzy Golt's admin ass't early on in these comments, where she states that board activites should be secret. Ah, there's the cause of these problems. Too many secrets generate speculation. This org receives government money and takes donations from people who expect certain standards of performance. There is an inherent duty for "transparency ." That starts at the top! What clear-sighted leader would want to deadend their career in a catfight like this? Having read the article and ALL the comments it seems clear that this is a snake pit filled with quicksand. Here's an example of visionary thinking: Shelters - their time is at an end. Cages? Really, we can't figure out a better way than to jam social animals into small cages? MHS obviously figured this out when it remodeled its cat area. Okay, how about the dogs? They're social, too. Additionally, my model calls for streamlining today's bloated shelter organization - think that's going to happen with the HUGE executive staff at MHS? Here's MHS' executive staff: A CEO (exec. dir), a COO, a CFO, a Chief Fundraiser, TEN departmental directors and 20 trainers. It's FYE 2009 990 form reveals 78% of revenue goes toward employee costs. 78ยข of every $1.00 to support this bloated company! OMG, the word you're looking for is "STREAMLINING ." I wouldn't take a cent over $70,000 for the exec. director's position - $100k/yr+ is insulting for those who give so much for free. I can go on and on but here's the answer all spelled out. Check out these 2 links: Overview = http://tinyurl.com /36mnkfw Video Slideshow = http://youtu.be/2A aRuznrDb0 MHS1990, if you check back here would love to hear from you. Email addy is on my overview page at the bottom. Btw, applied for SF SPCA's CEO position a year ago. They prefer the status quo of business model over saving lives. They're still looking...  (Dec 26, 2010 | post #166)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

Caroline, your comment and entry (from another country) has been recorded and will be included in many letters to those in Arkansas who need to see that the ripples from this vicious torture affects more than a few local people. Also, be assured that Arkansas' governor will be sent a copy of every international comment. Hopefully he will see that the reputation of Arkansas is clearly "on the line." You have my promise. And so does Missy...  (Jun 10, 2007 | post #694)

Benton, AR

Dog Skinned Alive Gets World Attention

The link above did not work. Here's a second try: http://www.topix.n et/city/benton-ar/ 2007/06/dog-skinne d-alive-gets-world -attention I hope that works for you!  (Jun 10, 2007 | post #5)

Benton, AR

Dog Skinned Alive Gets World Attention

It is 9:30 CDT - Topix has been contacted and asked to combine this thread into the first, and primary, thread entitled "Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive." Here is the link to that very popular thread: http://www.topix.n et/city/benton-ar/ 2007/06/ben ton-woman-finds-do g-skinned-alive Thank you for sharing your outrage over this hideously violent act and that man's terroristic stalking of Ms Dee Green, little Missy's surviving companion. Missy, this site is for you. May you live on in Missy's Law. Arkansas, step up and catch this violent man and pass Missy's Law now!  (Jun 10, 2007 | post #4)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

Susan, zoom right up to message #649 and you'll see a couple of links to contact. If you really want to make a difference, join [email protected] ups.com a forum set up to help people get involved. We want to make sure Missy did not die in vain. We can make some good come of that man's insanely cruel act of torture. Help the decent citizens of Arkansas get MISSY's LAW passed (SB777) finally and make vicious acts like this a felony. PLEASE? [email protected] ups.com = an open forum = no application. Lots of information available about this case and Arkansas' struggle to pass anti-cruelty animal legislation.  (Jun 9, 2007 | post #652)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

refer to Harold on msg #631No, Harold, nobody is losing their perspective: it is quite evident we all (with the exception of a few childish individuals who just like to interfere) feel passionately to the devaluing of life in this country. Animals, babies, women, children, even men have all suffered brutality and society's stupid attempts to correct it have resulted in some pretty weird solutions. I'll grant you that. What many of us are failing to see is how interrelated these issues are. Cruelty is cruelty, whether it happens to humans or animals. By assigning value of one over the other it divides us into separate camps. In reality, I think most of us are genuinely offended at today's horrendous barbarism and desperately wish we could fix things. I hear that in your voice, Harold. Those who don't care about the violence and cruelty don't have to do anything: we're so busy attacking each other that "they" don't have to do a thing to keep us defeated. We're shooting and eating our own! I don't know the big solution. I do know the solution to this one case: make it too uncomfortable for legislators to continue taking the easy way out. Pulaski County Humane Society knows every single person involved in anti-cruelty legislation in Arkansas. Want to help? Get the ball started by contacting them Maybe someone along the way will listen better to what you're saying. You're right, you have good things to say...  (Jun 9, 2007 | post #650)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

refer to Jen - message #624Unfortunately, Jen, the lawmakers are not here reading this nor do they consider this a problem. I, and many otrhers, would encourage you to write to let them know how you feel. Where to start? Here are a couple of links to get you going on your journey: KTHV-TV (email) = [email protected] v.com Benton Chamber of Commerce (email form)= http://www.bentonc hamber.com/index.p hp?option=com_cont act&Itemid=3 Pulaski County Humane Society (website) = http://www.warmhea rts.org/article/31 5/ I hope that helps. It feels good when done - try it, I think you'll feel good about yourself! Have a good weekend.  (Jun 9, 2007 | post #649)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

Yes it is, Phallo69, I get it. Perhaps you should have taken this stronger stance in the first place. By the way, have you considered stepping out of the theoretical world and into reality by writing a letter or email to the people directly involved with keeping this a "non-issue? "  (Jun 9, 2007 | post #648)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

See Len's comment, msg #614God bless you, Len. Please keep saying those very words! That is exactly why so many of us "outsiders " are here -- we want to help you Arkansans help your fellow Arkansans change your Arkansas law. We know about SB777 - we're just trying to shine a light on it and get YOUR FELLOW ARKANSANS to support the new and improved version called, MISSY's LAW. Our intent is not to call you names - all other states have been in this same position - or to diminish your past efforts. Missy's death can serve to show legislators that the vast majority of Arkansas VOTERS take a different stance on vicious cruelty than does Stanley Reed, president of the Farm Bureau. The times have changed. Stanley Reed still lives in a time when what happened down the road was nobody else's business. Unfortunately, that attitudes helps hide child predators, wife beaters, and in this case, a dangerous animal torturer -- and probably a serial killer in the making. Elizabeth and Ashley, you need to track down this Len and invite him in. He gets it!  (Jun 9, 2007 | post #647)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

Reply to message #536: Come on Steve, you don't see that there is a certain amount of healthy catharsis happening here? I think it is beneficial for people to rant a bit and get their anger and grief out by venting it at this cruel human being. Better here than in the streets, Amen? Go ahead, firends. Get it out! I will say that it certainly reinforces for me the notion that EVERY human being has within him/herself what it takes to kill,  (Jun 9, 2007 | post #642)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

re: msg #577If you read this and you're from Pulaski or Saline County, would you please share this with the police and sheriff. They may not give a damn, but we need to at least try. "Kestral... " may just have something here. REMEMBER, THERE'S OVER $4,000 IN REWARD MONEY BEING OFFERED!! Anybody in the area have a scent/tracking dog that could do this unofficially? I'm sure the police will glad to take the credit if you found something!  (Jun 8, 2007 | post #581)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

Thank you! Your letter has been mailed To [email protected] .com Letter: Just wanted you to know your callous ittle town is getting some pretty harsh international coverage: Here's a comment from a woman over in Pulaski County: Elizabeth Gunn wrote: "I just spoke with Dee (Green, Benton)- this is what her vet told her: He said that it was clear from marks on Missy's neck that she was hung by her collar while being skinned; the person stripped the skin from her back from top to bottom. Missy was missing her collar when she crawled home - obviously she had slipped out of it and gotten away. Missy was a very shy dog who was reluctant to go to a stranger. She and her fur brothers and sisters went out to swim in the pond on hot days; they came home...Missy didn't. Now the other dogs won't go near an area that was previously a favorite hangout of theirs. No machinery or equipment anywhere near there. This is in a residential neighborhood. Dee said that shortly after Missy was skinned, she received a "Private " phone call - a man asked "What are you serving for dinner tonight?" She replied - "What did you say?!?!" "He said "You heard me!! What are you serving for dinner?!?!" She hung up." "Sick bastard. Police say the call most likely was made from a disposable cell phone." ========== re: Elizabeth's comment #520: OMG, this is not from a young mind - this is something that's been developing over time. This is a vicious, dangerous man. ========== The BentonCourier, Benton's local newspaper doesn't have a single word about what this monster did to Missy. Anyone feel like sending a "letter to the editor?" They didn't print mine. Maybe you'll have better luck. Here's the link:..." ================== =============== Editor, I'd suggest you start covering this - you have families with pets and children in jeopardy this evening. This man is walking your streets. Women, you may be next on this killer's menu. Thomas Cole Minnesota  (Jun 8, 2007 | post #579)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

PLEASE READ MESSAGE #520 AND #574: The BentonCourier has no mention of Missy's story. Let them know they have a killer walking their streets. Write a Letter To The Editor if you think Missy deserved better: Link to BentonCourier= http://www.bentonc ourier.com/index.p hp?option=com_wrap per&Itemid=42  (Jun 8, 2007 | post #576)

Benton, AR

Benton Woman Finds Dog Skinned Alive

re: Elizabeth's comment #520: OMG, this is not from of a young mind - this is something that's been developing over time. This is a vicious, dangerous man. ================ The BentonCourier, Benton's local newspaper doesn't have a single word about what this monster did to Missy. Anyone feel like sending a 'letter to the editor?" They didn't print mine. Maybe you'll have better luck. Here's the link: Link = http://www.bentonc ourier.com/index.p hp?option=com_wrap per&Itemid=42  (Jun 8, 2007 | post #574)