CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association board of directors agrees that it should hire a consultant to help run the animal shelter, but its members remain split on whether to hire an outside expert or someone to do it for free.
The animal shelter board held a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss replacements for two longtime board members who resigned last week.
Before that, President Kim Hutton had asked the board to bring in a consultant who could help revive the struggling animal shelter, which suffered a widespread distemper outbreak in December.
Jennifer Miller suggested they hire Jackson Zee, a field investigation and emergency shelter response contractor for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Miller said she worked with Zee while he operated an emergency shelter housing more than 500 animals during Hurricane Gustav in 2008.
"From what I saw of him, I was really impressed," she said.
Zee would observe the shelter for seven days for $2,500. He would then provide recommendations including hiring, community outreach and board involvement.
If Zee returned to follow up on any of his recommendations, then the board would have to pay him more for his services. Miller estimated it would cost about $50,000 to hire Zee for several months if they wanted to.