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Humane Society's Interim Director Tries to Restore Stability

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CEDAR RAPIDS A new face for furry friends at the Cedar Valley Humane Society aims to bring stability to the organization. Ever since the Cedar Valley Humane Society's executive board fired two long-time co-directors, people have raised concerns about the group and the animals.

Several weeks ago, the board hired Cathy Boyes to serve as the shelter's interim director.

"I don't know a lot of the past, and I don't want to. My time is from this day forward," she said.

Boyes knows she can't ignore the past, though. The Executive Board's previous decisions have sparked all kinds of rumors and accusations.

"I try not to listen to the rumors. It doesn't affect me," Boyes said, "I strongly suggest people come here and see our animals. Know that I'm speaking the truth."

However, Boyes did want to address one of the most common allegations.

"I know there are a lot of rumors about euthanasia. We don't do that. That is not true. We don't euthanize for space. We just don't do that. It's untrue," Boyes said.

Board President Bernie Lettington says the shelter currently has about forty dogs and 115 cats. Boyes says the humane society leans on rescue organizations to help adopt animals they can no longer house on site.

"We're just pulling together and building it up again," she said.

Restoring the shelter's image could take months or even years. In the meantime, remaining staff members and volunteers plan to keep trying to turn these dogs and cats into pets.

The executive board plans to hire a permanent director within the next two weeks. Boyes says she's interested in the job.

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