Peaceful New Era On Horizon For Humane Society

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The Payson Humane Society's board of directors and a group of concerned members seem to be on the way to working out animal shelter issues.

"I am confident that this is a board that cares," said Carol Lydic, addressing the members of the Payson Pet Pals' ad-hoc committee Thursday night.

Lydic and three others from the ad-hoc committee met with the Payson Humane Society's board of directors last week to look for a resolution to the recent turmoil surrounding the organization. The ad-hoc committee was organized over frustrations about the January resignations of former Payson Humane Society Shelter managers Cindy and Dave Bradford, and the rest of the shelter staff.

"It started out very tense," Lydic said of the ad-hoc group's meeting with the society board. "Once they realized we were there to get facts, things started to change."

As for the question of reinstating the Bradfords, the board said, "No." As for adopting an open-door policy to shelter records and board documents, Lydic said the board already had such a policy. "Only one person in all these weeks has asked to see any of the shelter's records, and the board provided those," she said.

With the momentum building on this new cooperative spirit, Lydic said it was imperative to keep the ball rolling.

"The only real crisis is going to be if this committee dies," she said. "The board is tired, and they admit that. They can't do it all themselves, and we need to help."

Lydic said another meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 25, at the Payson Womans Club. One of the main topics at that meeting will be to reform the Humane Society's auxiliary.

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