by Judith Fairly – I have spoken with eyewitnesses to abuse of power at the shelter by Dianne Daniels, to those who have first-hand knowledge of shelter staff stealing food and other donated goods, of shelter staff playing games on their computers, never knowing what animals were in the kennels or interacting with any of those in the shelter’s “care” (and I use that term loosely), of a shelter employee forging the vet’s signature for prescription drugs. They saw shelter employees shut down early when there were people wanting to adopt animals. I am quite certain that Barbara Pursley would be willing to testify that Dianne Daniels told her that she killed — NOT “humanely euthanized” — those puppies before Christmas to “assert her authority” at the shelter.
Barbara has earned the respect of the community by her good works without ever asking for recognition. On the other hand, everyone I have spoken with in the community who has ever visited the shelter has had a negative experience with Dianne Daniels. When a specious claim was made against the shelter vet, she was suspended immediately while those charges were investigated. But the City has never troubled itself to investigate any of the allegations made by eyewitnesses, even those that involve broken laws.
Barbara Pursley will tell you that, after Ft. Worth took other dogs to the PetSmart adoptions, people who came to adopt Christmas pets found empty kennels instead. These were healthy animals who had been vetted and vaccinated in preparation for adoption and they were killed by Dianne Daniels. Ms. Webster, surely you understand the difference between euthanizing a sick or unadoptable animal for humane reasons and killing a healthy puppy to terrorize a group of volunteers –then GLOATING about it. Those are the actions of a sociopath, but the City does nothing.
It’s disgraceful that Dianne Daniels, who has demonstrated such a reckless and immoral disregard for living, breathing animals and a contemptible inability to run a shelter without abusing volunteers or side-stepping acceptable standards of practice is being protected by the City Manager. Why doesn’t he hold her accountable or, failing that, fall on his own sword?
I’m told that there was an effort in the works to have a group from outside do an audit of the shelter that made its way to the desk of an HR person at the City who has since retired. We in the community wholly support an outside audit of the shelter since the City is clearly incapable of policing itself.
The City Manager has miscalculated the depth of our anger in the community and we are not going away until every last person at the City is held accountable. We see now how the City handles a crisis like this, how it evades responsibility, refuses to answer citizen’s questions, and hopes if it stonewalls us long enough, we will give up and go away. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead) The City believes it’s about saving face instead of saving lives.