Yesterday afternoon I attended the board meeting of the Allegany County Animal Shelter Control Board. After 5 minutes the goal of the meeting became very clear to everybody that attended the meeting: the assassination of a passionate Animal Shelter manager and forcing it’s own (kill) agenda on to the animal shelter. At no point in time during the meeting was the Board interested in hearing about the accomplishments and progress the shelter has made. It was very clear that the Board was trying to paint a dirty picture and deliver it to the public which was done through Bryan Gowans form WCBC Radio. The Chair of the Board, Peggy Mcdaniel, and her sidekick Dianne Care, who is not a member of the Board but always acting like one, conducted the meeting like a court hearing at Guantanamo Bay. Pictures, stories and people were prepared before the meeting in order to assassinate the Shelter manager and everything he stands for, same for the Shelter employees and the Volunteers at the Shelter.
A Dirty Deed Done Dirt Cheap!
The Shelter Board is suppose to be functioning as a neutral link between the public, the animal shelter and the County Government. Yesterday the board was neither neutral nor a link and lost all credibility and respect. It was a first class puppet show with the goal to destroy the animal shelter and with it the hard and passionate work of many people. It is very clear that this board it is not about the animals, it is about staying in power and status quo. The following e-mail was send to the County Commissioners asking to abolish or dismiss the Board:
Dear County Commissioners,today I attended a animal shelter control board meeting which took place in the County building at Mexico Farms. The meeting lasted more than 2 hours and basically consisted of attacking the animal shelter, attacking and bad mouthing employees of the animal shelter and attacking the manager of the animal shelter. Most of the attacks and criticism was created and orchestrated by the Chair of the Board, Peggy Mcdaniel, and Dianne Care who always seems to be functioning as part of the Board although she is not a official Board member. As example, a Cumberland resident made comments to the Board members that the shelter did not know how many animals were taken in and where all the animals went. It would have been easy for the Chair of the Board to answer the resident’s question since she had the shelter statistic from the last 12 month right in front of her. Instead, she chose not to correct the resident’s statement. At no point in time during the meeting was anything positive said about the Shelter and it was very clear that the board was not really interested in hearing about any accomplishments or progress that was made by the shelter manager, Mr. Brubaker.It also should be noted that WCBC’s Bryan Gowans attended the meeting after receiving a “special invitation”.It is my understanding that the Board should act as link between the Allegany County Animal Shelter and the County Commissioners. I understand that the Board only has a advisory role but common sense also tells me that the Board should act as a neutral entity between the Shelter and the County Commissioners. It was very clear today that this Board is not neutral and is trying to push it’s own agenda on to the animal shelter.I can very easy sum up today’s Board meeting and say: the meeting was a setup with the goal to discredit the animal shelter, the employees of the animal shelter, the volunteers of the animal shelter and the manager of the animal shelter.In the meeting on 7/13/2011 the Chair of the Board, Peggy Mcdaniel, stated the following;“the board was a county creation, with board members appointed by the county, but the commissioners can abolish the board if they wished to changing county law.”
I hereby ask the Commissioners of Allegany County to abolish or dismiss the current Board and replace the Board with new members because it does no longer serve the intended purpose.Best RegardsPeter Masloch
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