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Allegations of mismanagement linger at the Joplin Humane Society

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After receiving claims from shelter employees that animals were being unjustly euthanized, Mary Ann Schlau stepped down as the secretary on the Board of Directors for the Joplin Humane Society.

"Why would anyone do that?" says Mary Anne Schlau.  "It just is not right."

Schlau says she stepped down last Thursday after receiving nine letters from shelter employees that animals were being wrongly euthanized.

"A lot of them had been destined for rescue," Schlau says.  "Rescue groups said 'I am going to take that animal and they are going to be picked up' and before they even get here, the animals are put down."

Executive Director Karen Aquino says Schlau's claims are untrue.

"No animals have ever been euthanized that's been marked for rescue," Aquino says.  "If they are marked for rescue we have a local kennel that we can take them to and she will hold them until the rescue can come down."

Aquino tells us in the month of June 1300 animals were brought into the Joplin Humane Society animal shelter and nearly 50% was euthanized.

Even with the discrepancies both sides agree that they want to get the animals out of the shelters and into new homes.

"We have a lot of healthy animals here that are up for adoption, so rather than going to a pet store, or a breeder, come here first and think adoption first," Aquino says.

Even though the two sides agree adoption is the priority, Schlau remains adamant and believes some animals at the Joplin Humane Society died too soon.

"This is not the first occasion - this is not the first time I spoke to the board about it because, again, I stand up for what I believe in and I think this is wrong," Schlau says.

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