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Brentwood Animal Shelter in Turmoil

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Several employees of the Animal Protective Association have asked the Missouri Attorney General's office to investigate its board of director's executive committee.

And eight employees are threatening to quit if the executive committee remains intact.

Director of Community Relations Jessica Carten is among those who have given two-weeks notice. She says the committee's five members have broken by-laws and voting procedures.

"They're ignoring the democratic process basically, and their unethical and irresponsible behavior is putting the organization at risk," Carten said.

The APA has seen many resignations in the last few months, including the Executive Director and eight of the board's 15 members.

Newly-elected Board President Bill Durham says there's no basis for the complaint.

"I am confident that nothing has been done by this board of directors that has in any way, shape or form untold or illegal or outside the law or unethical or anything else," Durham said. "In fact, I think that anything that's gone on has been just the opposite."

APA employees say they're concerned the non-profit's veterinary clinic will close once its contract expires next month. They also say board members have considered euthanizing animals with carbon monoxide rather than by injection.

Durham says he has assured workers the vet clinic will remain in place and that the board has no interest in changing euthanasia practices at the facility.


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