The city of Nampa will notify the West Valley Humane Society
of its intent to review and/or conduct an audit of the financial records of the
shelter, Nampa Bob Henry announced today. Additionally, Henry said, he plans to
appoint one of the city’s animal control officers to the WVHS board of
“We pulled the contract and reviewed it line by line today, and
realized that we do have the right to review the financial records and/or seek
an independent audit,” Henry said.
“Because the shelter is entrusted with the care of Nampa
dogs and there are ongoing concerns with the operations at WVHS, I will also be
appointing, as allowed by the contract, one of the city’s animal control
officers to the board of directors,” Henry said.
Because an independent audit, which can cost several
thousands of dollars, was not budgeted, Nampa’s finance team will try to
coordinate with the Caldwell city finance staff to review the organization’s
financials, Henry said.
“We plan to review the books because we have concerns about
the private shelter’s financial state,” Henry said.
The shelter has not invoiced the city since February for the
dogs delivered to the shelter from Nampa. According to a new contract, negotiated by
Nampa Police Chief Joe Huff in February, Nampa is charged $60 per dog,
calculated on a $20 charge per dog for a total of three days. After that, the
dogs are the shelter’s responsibility.
But Nampa has only received invoices for January and
February, paying a total of $4,085 for 2016 services.
“I’m not sure how the shelter is covering its costs if it
hasn’t collected fees from the city of Nampa for March through August,” Henry
Additionally, Nampa had not received licensing payment from
the shelter for a four-month period until Thursday, Sept. 15. WVHS sent a $1,980
check for licensing fees, covering the past four months. Those payments are required on a monthly