Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Joplin Humane Society Board fires Karen Aquino, executive director
In her position as Joplin Humane Society executive director, Karen Aquino spearheaded the effort that led to the rescue of 2,000 animals during a two-day period after the May 22 tornado.
As of Tuesday, Ms. Aquino was on the unemployment line.
In what was termed a cost-cutting move, the Joplin Humane Society Board fired Ms. Aquino Tuesday,
Those who support Ms. Aquino note that the board's cost-cutting came at a time when the need was greater because of the aftermath of the tornado and when the Humane Society had received hefty contributions, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, from people across the nation, primarily due to Ms. Aquino's fundraising efforts.
Ms. Aquino's fundraising ability had helped the Humane Society even before the tornado. Earlier, she launched the campaign that raised enough money to build a brand new shelter.
The cuts the board wanted apparently did not extend to the maintenance of the Humane Society Facebook page. All comments in favor of Ms. Aquino were quickly removed Tuesday night.