Problems run deep at humane society

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 02/04 2014 11:08AM

Updated 02/12 2014 11:36AM

Latest: 10:07 pm, 2/11/14, Tuesday
DANVILLE -- The director of the humane society has been fired. Glen Laird was officially terminated Monday night. He put dogs down without a valid license. It's against state law and could cost him $10,000 per incident.
Latest: 4:55 pm, 2/6/14, Thursday
DANVILLE -- The Danville Humane Society will no longer euthanize animals. Board members decided to break its contract with the city. At this time, it's a no-kill shelter. Members say it's partly because the director operated without a valid license. A new board will be voted in March 1.
Update: 6:06 pm, 2/4/14, Tuesday
DANVILLE -- The director of the humane society has provided proof of his training to euthanize animals. It's a step in the right direction, but the department is not in the clear.

The board is still trying to locate a registered licensing number with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations. It will make all the difference.

This is a copy of Glen Laird's certificate from the American Humane Association. It's one of three organizations able to provide the training.

But, in the midst of all the chaos, the animals are still what's most important. In the past six months, the humane society has made some changes. It separated cats and dogs to relieve stress on the animals. It started a pet finder website and Facebook page to help adopt animals quicker and it provided vaccinations to animals when they come in.

Tuesday, the humane society also filled out an application to get the building licensed for euthanasia. Board members hope to send that out soon.

Weather-permitting, a board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday. The ASPCA will be there as a consultant. It's working with the humane society to transport animals to other shelters. The board will also review Laird's future with the organization.
Original: 6:02 pm, 2/3/14, Monday
DANVILLE -- The Danville Humane Society is going through a lot of changes. In the past month, its president, vice-president and treasurer have all resigned. Over the weekend, another twist. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine discovers the humane society isn't even licensed.

At a board meeting this weekend, members from UI and ASPCA claimed the director isn't licensed to euthanize animals and the building isn't an approved site to perform that procedure. Those accusations come from a group of veterinarians at UI and ASPCA. Amy Fischer is one of them.

"We tried the emotional argument. We tried the ethical argument. We laid out the economic and financial and professional arguments. And, at the end of the day, if there's a legal argument, then that's what's left."

In order to euthanize animals in the State of Illinois, your license must come from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations. Euthanizing animals under an expired license comes with a hefty fine.

"One of the stipulations is up to a $10,000 fine per incident. That means each animal illegally euthanized in that facility."

It could also be a class A misdemeanor.

"That license hasn't been renewed."

There isn't an active license for the director, Glen Laird, to euthanize nor for the Danville Humane Society. Laird insists he attended training in April and received a certificate from the American Humane Association, but the humane society is licensed with the Department of Agriculture.

"The license from the Department of Agriculture is required of any animal shelter or organization. It simply states you were inspected and you are licensed to run your facility. It has nothing to do with controlled substances or euthanasia."

That license expires in June.

"They are two completely separate entities and they have very little to do with each other."

To apply for renewal, the humane society must fill out an application, write a letter and send nearly $350 to get a license for both the facility and director. It takes about six to eight weeks to get the license.

Sunday, Laird was suspended indefinitely. Currently, control of the board is up in the air. All eleven seats are up for re-election.

A few weeks ago, elections didn't take place because of an inaccurate ballot. The election is rescheduled for March 1.

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