The Logan Humane Society Board unanimously terminated the employment of its director Tracy Moser on Tuesday after less than a year of her being at the helm.
Moser came in to help the shelter in May of 2015. The board voted to remove Moser off the HS Board first at a special called meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the historic Logan County Courthouse where the board meets monthly. The body then went into executive session and upon returning voted to fire Moser. The board didn’t give any details of what evoked her termination at the meeting, closing with no public invitation to speak.
The board released a statement saying, “Tracy is a very talented, capable person. She has done a lot to help our shelter grow and we appreciate that. Tracy was very valuable and her talents will carry her far in life. We appreciate everything she did to help with implementing new standards. However, we feel our goals were not aligned and we were moving in a destructive direction. In recent months we’ve been dissatisfied in her performance. There are many incidents, purchasing the property was simply the straw that broke the camel’s back. Our goals as a shelter board have not changed and we look forward to seeing those goals met and moving forward.”
After her termination, Moser said she was confused by the board’s decision. She has said she feels bullied by the board, and that she has done all she can do and that the county is going in a different direction.
“My philosophy from day one was what was in the best interest of the animals in Logan County and what is morally correct,” said Moser. “The board did not agree with the way I wanted to run the shelter, which was to make it like Bowling Green.”
From May 2015 through January 2016 the Humane Society took in 1,249 animals. According to the Humane Society reports 342 were adopted and 523 have been euthanized. The remaining 384 were reclaimed by owners, passed away, missing, stolen or transported to other shelters.
Moser, who is an advocate for spaying and neutering, said she is not sure what she will do now. Before taking the job as director for the Logan County Humane Society she owned Re-Pets, a consignment store in Bowling Green and was also owner of a body piercing business. Moser’s businesses were destroyed before taking the job in Logan County after a roof collapse due to snow. She says she used proceeds from her thrift shop to help pay for spaying and neutering.
Moser was very vocal about wanting to move Logan County’s shelter to a new location, claiming it was not meeting Kentucky laws. She made accusations the end of last year about an outbreak of Giardia, an intestinal infection spread through feces, on the property which she claimed was a “public health hazard.” She also said the shelter employees were getting sick because of it. Moser also made claims of sewer run-off being on the top of the ground. Moser’s allegations were both dismissed by the Barren River Health Department after testing.
When Moser came to the Logan County Fiscal Court about purchasing property to move the shelter, magistrates were not in a hurry to commit to the idea. The court wanted to gather as much information it could before jumping into what they felt would be a costly venture.
According to Magistrate Jo Orange, who sits on the Humane Society Board in an unpaid governmental seat, she was once in favor purchasing land for a new shelter, but changed her mind.
“I cannot speak for the rest of the board because I think each member could have different reasons. When Tracy first brought the idea of relocating the shelter to the court in I believe, October, I was leaning toward voting yes,” said Orange. “I realize we have issues at our current shelter and Tracy is a remarkable salesperson. To that point so far as I could tell she had done an outstanding job as shelter director. Normally I am one of the more conservative members of fiscal court and my leaning toward the idea was entirely based on Tracy’s job performance. As time moved along Tracy said some things that raised red flags with me. I began to hear about problems at the shelter that did not need to occur. I prayed for wisdom in the matter. After Christmas I told Tracy I thought purchasing the property was a bad idea.”
Orange listed reasons for her why purchasing the property is a bad idea.
“1. Fiscal court is not in support. The county owns the building where the shelter is now. Building a new building on new property would require the support of fiscal court and that support is lacking,” Orange said in an email. “2. If the Logan County Humane Society purchases the property they would not be able to afford to build and maintain a shelter on the property. 3. The price of the property far exceeds what it is worth.”
The Logan County Humane Society contracts with the county to run its shelter. The Logan County Humane Society is a non-profit entity and is governed by a board of directors.
Warren County Humane Society Director Lorri Hare has been very supportive of Moser saying she was “disappointed” in the board’s decision to let Moser go.
“For a non-profit board to drag her through this is a shame,” said Hare who has been helping the shelter since Moser arrived on scene.
The HS board is moving on and says it will continue to help save the homeless animals in Logan County. Moser’s termination will not affect the vision the board and volunteers have, which is for the animals.
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