Greater Birmingham Humane Society calls blog allegations of misuse of funds, mass killings at shelter baseless

Greater Birmingham Humane Society calls blog allegations of misuse of funds, mass killings at shelter baseless

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Allegations of misuse of funds and claims of mass killings at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society in blog posts by the No Kill Movement group have GBHS CEO Allison Black-Cornelius taking to Facebook to address them head on.

"I never ever did anything of the sort. It's not sort of untrue. It's not oh you misunderstood me or maybe they took something out of context. It never happened," Cornelius said in a Facebook video.

Mike Fry with the No Kill group says his organization has received numerous complaints from former GBHS staff members and volunteers.

"I've been doing this work for about 20 years and I've never experienced anything like this," Fry said.

According to Fry, one of the biggest issues is live release reports. He says the kill rates are also too high and that GBHS' numbers about them don't add up. Fry claims Cornelius is ordering animals to be put down.

"They are euthanizing or killing the majority of animals that come through their facility. Month after month, after month and that's not the impression that their members and donors have based on the reporting and statements from the organization," Fry said.

"I have never ordered anyone at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society to euthanize an animal," Cornelius said.

GBHS Vice Chairman Art Edge speaking with WBRC Thursday. He sent cease and desist letters to Fry. Edge says Fry's accusations are baseless. He's launching an investigation into the No Kill Movement website.

"Their allegations are not based in fact. The numbers are available on our website as they have been. They are required by law to be published. I think that the group has misinterpreted some of the numbers or they have decided to interpret them in a way that suits their agenda," Edge said.

Cornelius feels GBHS is being bullied by Fry and others.

"There's not an employee of GHBS or volunteer or foster parent or anybody that wants an animal that's healthy and adoptable to be euthanized," Cornelius added.

Edge says adoption numbers from month to month stay around the same number. He says what skews the numbers is the amount of animals coming into the shelter. Edge says the shelter's numbers go way up in July, August and September because of the breeding season.

"We can do a lot to help with that," Edge said. "We're not going to be able to adopt our way out of this problem."

Edge says to combat the problem of overcrowding, spay and neuter laws need to be on the books. He says city and county governments need to actually enforce leash laws and allow a trap and release program particularly for feral cats.

You can watch the GBHS CEO's full video response to the allegations here: https://www.facebook.com/GBHS1883/

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