After the West Valley Humane Society came under fire last year, leading to leadership’s resignation and an independent investigation, Canyon County says the nonprofit has been cleared of wrongdoing.
The investigation came after community members made allegations of mismanagement and animal mistreatment at the Humane Society. Board president Brenda Cameron and interim executive director Susan Woodward resigned in October, following a request by the Board of Canyon County Commissioners. The commission threatened to withhold the county’s share of the shelter’s funding if the two leaders didn’t leave their positions.
The Humane Society is a nonprofit, overseen by an independent board, that runs the shelter in a county-owned building in Caldwell. Nampa, Caldwell and the county all contract with West Valley to house animals there.
A financial audit was conducted regarding the shelter’s financial records at the request of the county and city of Nampa.
Denise McClure, who performed the audit, said “there were no actionable findings; I could not prove any misuse of funds or other criminal activity. Record-keeping was sloppy and inconsistent, financial records were missing or non-existent, and the one item that may have been an issue was referred to Caldwell Police Department,” according to Joe Decker, county spokesman.
In an audio recording of the Monday meeting, McClure told commissioners that the financial tracking inconsistencies had an impact of about $40,000 to $60,000 from the shelter’s bottom line. But there was also a lack of data available to the investigation to review, so there wasn’t extensive proof accessible and the investigation came to an end.
No personal transactions were found to be transferred to Cameron or Woodward, said McClure, and there was no evidence of embezzlement or skimming.