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Rehashing Why NKL Red Flags Have Been Raised

March 15th, 2014 by jake · 4 Comments

Catch up here:

  • No-Kill Louisville Now A Meaningless Money Pit [March 10]
  • The No Kill Louisville Scandal(s) Begin To Unravel [March 11]
  • Patterns Of Recklessness Begin To Emerge At NKL [March 12]
  • NKL Hides IRS Docs, Makes False Claims [March 13]
  • No Kill Louisville: Victim Of Terrible Leadership [March 14]

If nothing is amiss with No Kill Louisville, why have all the organization’s board members left over the past year?

Why have all of them come forward to share stories and information about alleged wrongdoing?

Why is it allegations like those made about their license plate program are backed up with bank records? The problems started when Jessica Reid first took $1,000ish from the account to pay other bills and they’ve continued or gotten worse under current leadership. The current president made the decision to reopen the program.

Why is it NKL’s leadership can’t produce receipts and supporting documentation to prove that no funds were misused? The past two treasurers said on-the-record that they both demanded receipts and supporting documentation but never got it. Both of them resigned over issues of mismanagement. One woman, as we previously shared, says publicly that the board president locked her out of the organization’s banking records after she started asking questions.

Why would NKL’s president, Rebecca Ficklin, refuse to allow an independent audit to take place? Why not allow that to occur and allow all bank records and other documentation to be fully examined and verified?

Money is constantly flowing in to NKL:




A SAMPLE OF MONEY ROLLING IN

But Ficklin always has an excuse for why records can’t be examined. The longer this goes on without an audit — and not some tiny report from a local yokel — the worse it gets.

Instead of doing any of that, it’s been the unprofessional inaction you’ve seen the past week. And now, it’s turned to NKL volunteers personally attacking and threatening those making accusations rather than bothering to clear anything up:







JUST A SMALL SAMPLE

It’s the most unprofessional reaction we’ve experienced since Gilles Meloche and Wayne Zelinsky were fired from Louisville Metro Animal Services.

But it’s not just nasty behavior that raises red flags. It’s that outdated forms like this are still being used:


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Despite the former treasurer and attorney sending a cease and desist letter advising the organization to stop using her name.

If you think that’s not accurate? Here’s an email sent to Ficklin recently about the cease and desist — also referencing some of the fiscal mismanagement:

Rebecca:

I have received a phone call this afternoon at 2:03 p.m. from Elk Creek Animal Hospital about NKLs delinquent account. I have told them several times in the past to remove my name. I reviewed the contact information they had, all of which was no longer valid, with the exception of yours. I verified your contact information and made sure that was correct. I consider the phone call I received a violation of the immediate cease and desist that I sent to you…

Why would an attorney go to such great lengths if everything was kosher?

Red flags are raised based on everything we’ve previously shared.

Does anyone really believe so many people coming forward to talk to us while bringing documentation to back up their claims are just pulling things out of a hat?

The only positive thing to remember here is that there haven’t been many adult animals on death row rescued and fostered by NKL in ages. It’s just a handful of puppies here and there… the animals that are rarely at risk of facing euthanasia.

There are, as always, other organizations that need your support. From Louisville Metro Animal Services to The Arrow Fund to the Kentucky Humane Society. LMAS is at least government-run, Arrow Fund constantly helps animals in need and works to stop cruelty and KHS has strong business principals (and principles) behind it with people like Patti Swope on the board and Lori Redmon running the staff.

UPDATE — The nonsense continues – now with NKL folks creating fake Facebook accounts in an attempt to cause drama and insult people.

Allow us to make something very clear. This sort of nonsense will get you nowhere. Using an anonymous account in an attempt to lob threats and accusations isn’t going to resolve anything.


FACEBOOK NONSENSE

You can either put everything in writing or it’s not going to be said.

If you can’t put it in writing, you’ve got something to hide. One of those things you’re hiding is the fact that despite telling people you’ve publicly offered us information, you have not done so. You aren’t even meeting with an accountant until Monday. That’s not for an audit — that’s just to review taxes.


FACEBOOK NONSENSE

The sender was Christy Tobin. Former treasurer. Attorney.


FACEBOOK NONSENSE

Rodent infestation? You mean the issue that, yes, Rebecca was partially responsible for? The situation that the board — based on records kept and emails sent — attempted to resolve? The issue the entire board worked with the landlord in an attempt to resolve? The issue that initially started with the Kentucky Humane Society?


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Yes, we can check records, too.

Black Diamond is the company they used.

And accusing the former board members of mismanagement? They kept terrific records:


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Attempting to malign the character of past volunteers and accusing them of wrongdoing instead of answering on-the-record questions in writing isn’t just childish, it’s a sign of a deeper problem within your organization. You have been given opportunity after opportunity to address these matters.

You also know that we have received a treasure trove from your former board members. We have not published the entire file in an attempt to give you the chance to respond. The more you stall and the more you attack people — including the messenger — the worse you appear.

Attempting to malign anyone’s character is a good way to get us interested in publishing everything else we have obtained from your former board members. We’d be happy to publish the entire treasure trove rather than give you the opportunity to respond to every question and concern on-the-record, which you have thus far refused to do.

Get your ducks in a row like adults. You aren’t children.

P.S. to Rebecca and her husband, who are attempting to hide behind an anonymous screennames to attack people: Jake sued people doing the same thing in 2011. He won a settlement. Think twice, nitwits.

Now Ficklin’s gotten the poop people in a huff. They’re claiming (the poop people) that they never received promotion in any way from No Kill Louisville. Despite both a former board member and former treasurer telling us on-the-record that they did.

Both tell us that Ficklin began promoting the organization upon getting more involved with NKL.

This seems to line up with their timeline:


FROM NKL’S FACEBOOK FEED

That’s on top of others claiming the same thing.

It’s been a non-stop onslaught of craziness from the NKL folks all weekend. From creating various fake/anonymous accounts to writing response emails to have people send us. Apparently without realizing we can tell when blocks of text are just copied and pasted. Or that IP addresses are a dead give away.

They apparently have no concept of why these allegations made by former organizational officers are relevant. Or that when multiple former board members allege something and have documents that appear to back up their allegations, uh, it’s our duty to question them about it. Particularly in light of everything we’ve already published.

Possibility City!

Tags: Bad Behavior · Charity · Dogs · Scandal · Transparency

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Susan Saunders // Mar 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

    The mouse problem at the NKL warehouse did not initially start with KHS and did not occur under their watch.

  • 2 Jrprincess // Mar 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Wow, Ritchie calls him self profession, but these comments are totally UNPROFESSIONAL. He’s making himself look like a fool and making NKL look bad too. Why isn’t he talking about the good that NKL does instead of pointing out all the BAD EVERYONE else is doing? I used to be a volunteer, a very proud volunteer. Even worked with Ritchie. He would take over and wanted things done his was even though we had a system in place. Breaks my heart to see all the hate being thrown around while nothing is being done for those who need the most help, the animals.

  • 3 Jrprincess // Mar 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Wow, Ritchie calls himself professional, but these comments are totally UNPROFESSIONAL. He’s making himself look like a fool and making NKL look bad too. Why isn’t he talking about the good that NKL does instead of pointing out all the BAD EVERYONE else is doing? I used to be a volunteer, a very proud volunteer. Even worked with Ritchie. He would take over and wanted things done his way even though we had a system in place. Breaks my heart to see all the hate being thrown around while nothing is being done for those who need the most help, the animals.

  • 4 jake // Mar 16, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Susan: It started when KHS had to give up the food bank. I.E., when NKL took the project on.

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