The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

March 9, 2014

Animal group begins anew

A new group of board members and volunteers face a not-so-small task of reorganizing the Danville Humane Society and rebuilding the organization’s image within the community.

The Humane Society has seen some difficulty during the last few months, facing allegations of mistreatment of animals, a lack of concern for the animals by people doing community service work as part of their court sentence and poor management.

The society once served as the city’s animal control department, receiving $6,000 a month for those duties. Recently, a reorganized board stepped out of that contract with the city. In turn, city officials now pay the Vermilion County Department of Animal Regulation to take care of animal control.

The move came after it was discovered the Humane Society’s director — who is no longer with the organization — was euthanizing animals even though he did not have a valid Illinois license to do so. That, along with the allegations of other irregularities, caused an almost complete turnover of the organization’s board and operations.

In the meantime, new board members and their supporters spent considerable time and effort to reorganize and clean up the Humane Society’s Collett Street building.

While the Humane Society will no longer serve as the city’s animal control service, it still plays a vital role within the community to protect the health and welfare of animals, as well as remain as a site for people to adopt pets.

The organization can now move forward and serve as a strong advocate for proper care for animals.

For many, pets become an important part of their families. Yet there still are those who regard animals as things to be used and then cast aside at a whim. Every creature deserves to be treated with compassion and care. The revamped Danville Humane Society can take the lead in making that happen in Danville.

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