Senate Committees move forward with plan to audit Hawaiian Humane Society
Resolution calls for audit pf Hawaiian Humane Society's management and finances.
Just a few days after the President and CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society, Lisa Fowler, resigned, state senators move forward plans to audit the organization's management and finances.
According to the amended language of a senate concurrent resolution, the City and County of Honolulu will be in charge of conducting a management and financial audit, looking at its animal control contract with the humane society and making suggestions for better euthanasia practices.
Until the audit clears the organization of alleged wrongdoing, the measure asks Hawaii's Governor to suspend state-granted funding for the shelter.
Animal rights groups critical of the Hawaiian Humane Society's leadership and euthanasia policies support the idea.
"But why?" asked Lea Hollingsworth-Ramsey of the Hawaiian Feathered Friends Network. "Because they don't want to put the money into the care for the animals."
Although not present Wednesday -- one humane society volunteer wrote in support of the audit -- saying he's "witnessed perfectly good animals be put to sleep," seen volunteers fired for helping animals find homes, and overheard a veterinarian say he'd rather euthanize an animal than spend hundreds of dollars to help it.
Others were upset that there hasn't been a performance audit of Hawaiian Humane Society since the late 90s and argued the organization's management is a mess.
"Now that the situation has escalated, the state must address these concerns," said Lynn Muramaru from Pacific Pet Alliance.
Bob Armstrong, the chair of the Hawaiian Humane Society's board of directors, told state senators Wednesday he's ready to prove the organizations doing everything -- from management to practices -- by the books. Although he admits there's always room for improvement.
"We think they're all being done responsibly, but we're going to show that to you and the public that we are doing that responsibly," he said.