FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) —The Clinton County Humane Society is currently closed after most employees lost their jobs following a board of directors meeting on Friday. According to our sources, most were fired and one quit.
The board held a meeting regarding the future of the shelter Monday afternoon. The meeting, held at the fairgrounds, was not open to the public.
News 18 talked with the former director of the humane society, Jim Tate, who was fired on Friday. He said he was let go due to not giving access to the human society web page and Facebook page.
Tate said he could not talk to the media, but a spokesperson for him, Former Board Member Carin Moskovitz, said both pages have since been shut down. She says the board also accused the director of not repairing the air conditioner in a timely manner.
Moskovitz also said the board set new expectations for the employees and the shelter on Monday, August 13. On Tuesday, August 14 they called for a meeting which was held on Thursday. At the Thursday meeting, they voted on its decision, and Friday the board informed the employees they were being let go.
Carin Moskovitz was there during the firings and told News 18 the community is not happy about the board's decision and is rallying around the employees after a post she made on Facebook.
"I actually put it on and just put about what Jim has accomplished out there. All the accomplishments he's made himself without the board's help and the response was overwhelming. It was all positive. Oh, the community is not happy," said Moskovitz
Jim Tate had been at the shelter for 10 years and in his time the kill rate had gone from 60% to 3%. The web pages and Facebook pages had been set up by his wife back in 2012.
News 18 has reached out to the board, but they haven't returned our calls.
The Clinton County Sheriff's Office said that the board of directors told them that they would send out a press release, but we have yet to receive it.
See above video for more information.