The MH Humane Society Board with its eight newly-elected members present met at 7 PM yesterday and elected Dr. Daniel Parks, local veterinarian, as its new president.[Scroll down to the October 15 post for the list of the new members and recent election]
Nancy Phillips was named interim shelter director until a new director can be hired. Former director Steven Eldridge abruptly left the shelter after the eight new board members were announced last Tuesday.
Phillips stated unequivocally that she is accepting the interim position only and does not want and will not seek the position on a permanent basis. The director position will be advertised and a committee was appointed to review applications.
Parks reported that the shelter is overflowing and that two parvo cases were recently discovered. Parks stated that with the current conditions at the shelter, there are two options: euthanize or try to get animals out of the shelter and into rescue. The Board voted to hire a full-time rescue operations director on a temporary basis.
In addition to the regular audit, the Board will obtain a financial audit and inventory listing up to the date that the new Board came in.
The Board will meet again next Tuesday in a regular meeting to begin tackling some of the many other issues facing the shelter.