The presiding Board of Directors of Safe Haven need to be removed immediately. Safe Haven board members have flagrantly misappropriated funds and donations with some being donated explicitly for medical costs of the homeless animals arriving at the shelter. They have mismanaged the "no-kill sanctuary" since it's inception and it's time for it to stop.
This is further evidenced by;
1)Failure by the Safe Haven Board of Directors to administer taxpayer funds in accordance to the Kent County Dog Control Contract 2012-2013.
2)Failure by the Safe Haven Board of Directors to administer taxpayer funds in accordance to the Kent County Dog Control Contract 2013-2014 – Contract voted for termination by KC Levy Court Commissioners on July 30th, 2013.
3)Failure of the Safe Haven Board of Directors to achieve a consensus regarding the viability of the shelter to maintain the 2013-2014 Kent County Dog Control Contract, first voting to terminate the contract, then voting to remain open causing several Board Members to resign.
4)Misuse of $819,000 donation by the Safe Haven Board of Directors which was given specifically for the establishment of a medical wing and the first year’s salary for a licensed Veterinarian.
5)Failure by the Safe Haven Board of Directors to follow the Safe Haven Mission statement as submitted to the IRS to obtain their 501-C3 non-profit status.
6) Failure by the Board of Directors to follow the Delaware Companion Protection Act regarding the vaccination and sterilization of animals as required under law, and additionally failed to hold a stray puppy for the required hold period prior to having the puppy euthanized for a non-life threatening condition.
7)Failure by the Board of Directors to pay for major services which they procured such as Veterinary bills and Kennel bills.
8)Failure by the Safe Haven Board of Directors to conduct due diligence in hiring Former Executive Director Anne Gryczon, and failure to provide oversight of this position to ensure good stewardship over Taxpayer and donor funds, as well as humane care of the animals.
9)Failure by the Board of Directors to obtain a finalized Certificate of Occupancy for the Sanctuary as required under Delaware Law.
10)Failure by the Board of Directors to implement any auditing functions to account for the expenditures of both Taxpayer and Donor funds, especially in light of the past year and their failure to properly account for their income and expenses when requested by the Kent County Levy Court.
11)Failure by the Board of Directors to file timely taxes in accordance with the IRS. (Safe Haven is currently on a 2nd extension for filing 2012 taxes and is accruing an unpaid penalty, as well as a failure to file timely in previous years).
12)Failure by the Board of Directors to ensure all Animal records are completed and maintained properly which includes rabies vaccinations given and rabies certifications completed as required by the Department of Agriculture.
13)Failure by the Board of Directors to ensure timely, adequate medical care to dogs with serious medical conditions, causing undue delay and treatment to alleviate pain and suffering. This is further evidenced by the removal of the Medical Care page from the Safe Haven website.
14)Failure by the Board of Directors to ensure the hiring and training of medical staff with the knowledge of veterinary medicine.
15)Failure by the Board of Directors to follow good business practices causing mismanagement of Taxpayer and Donor funds, as acknowledged by the Kent County Levy Court on July 30th, 2013.
As citizens we do NOT accept the fact that one lawyer, who has been on the Safe Haven board for TOO many years, has so much influence in our state that all the financial reports and dog records are not accessible to the donors and the public. Why has Safe Haven been exempt from the laws of our state? It's time the taxpayers of Delaware are told why Safe Haven does not have to abide by the laws.
PLEASE visit Charlie's facebook page to learn about the incident when a board member, Rita Hughes, told a vet to euthanize a dog who had Parvo, a treatable condition which he contracted at Safe Haven Sanctuary. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlie-Charlies-Angels/231267617020633. This act by Rita Huges, along with other decisions about the dogs and cats, is NOT within the laws set forth in the BY-LAWS or mission they submitted to the IRS to get their 501 (C) (3) status, which they are also abusing. We are asking you act at once and remove the present board. Thank you.
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