October 24, 2014

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Medina County SPCA director resigns abruptly over differing opinions

Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore

MEDINA — The executive director of the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has resigned, citing differences with the board of trustees over the group’s future.

Stephanie Moore, who took over as executive director in 2010, served her last day Monday.

“The organization has taken on a new strategic plan and I have decided it’s not in my best interest to continue,” Moore said.

She said she’s not sure what her next career move will be and is taking some time off to enjoy her summer.

Tracy Miller, who serves as director of operations at the SPCA, is taking over leadership duties in the interim.

“It was sudden here for all of us,” said Miller, who referred all questions about Moore’s departure to SPCA board President George Marquis.

Marquis did not return phone calls seeking comment on Tuesday.

Moore had about 10 years of experience in shelter management. Her most recent major rescue included the removal of 26 horses from a property in Guilford Township in April 2013. The property owner had about 30 horses on only five acres of land. Moore said her organization had been watching the property for a couple of years. The woman pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty in May 2013.

In December, Moore and her staff took in 46 cats that were rescued from one home.

Moore also has worked to help the nonprofit take on a greater role in caring for county cats. In November, Medina County commissioners approved a plan to pay the SPCA $13,000 annually to take over the job of handling lost, stray and abandoned non-feral cats. They also agreed to sell the county’s gas chamber, which had been used to euthanize animals, to the SPCA for $1 so it could be destroyed.

Under Moore’s direction, the SPCA raised more then $2,500 from people who paid to swing a sledgehammer at the gas chamber and take it out of commission. Moore said she hopes to see the SPCA continue its partnership with the county in serving cats.

“I wish the absolute best for the SPCA and the board,” she said. “I care about them tremendously. It’s just the time was right for me to make a change.”

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.