CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The long-serving director of the Kanawha/Charleston Animal Shelter and three members of the shelter's board of directors have resigned over disagreement about the organization's new direction.
Donna Clark, who has been executive director at the shelter for 22 years; Kim Hutton, vice president of the board of directors and a board member since 2004; and board members Jemintha Broyles and Brian Richardson officially resigned Thursday.
Clark would not talk about the reasons for her resignation, other than to say she was leaving because of "philosophical differences" with the animal shelter's board of directors.
In July, a faction of the board led by the Dog Bless animal rescue organization swept board elections, and have been working toward creating a "no kill" policy at the animal shelter.
Dog Bless and their supporters oppose euthanizing animals, and hope to reduce the number of stray dogs and cats through public education, spay and neuter programs, adoptions, animal foster programs and the help of animal rescue groups both inside and outside of West Virginia.
On Thursday, the animal shelter's board of directors appointed Chelsea Staley, Dog Bless president, as interim director to replace Clark. None of the four who resigned were present at the board of directors meeting Thursday evening.
Hutton said animal shelter politics have always been contentious, and wrote a letter to the board Thursday announcing her resignation effective immediately.
In the letter, she points to a list of alleged wrongdoings as her reason for resigning, including the mistreatment of shelter staff, problems with the board election process and financial irresponsibility.