December 20, 2006
Carthage, Mo. — Attorney General Jay Nixon has filed a petition for accounting against the Carthage Humane Society Inc. over allegations of taking assets for personal use, gross mismanagement and animal abuse at the non-profit corporation. Under Missouri law, the Attorney General's Office serves as the steward of non-profit assets and has the authority to investigate non-profit organizations.
Earlier this fall Nixon requested records and documentation from the Carthage Humane Society after receiving several complaints. The requests were necessary in order to investigate allegations raised in the complaints. To date, the Carthage Humane Society has produced an incomplete and insufficient set of records, Nixon said, making it impossible for the Attorney General's Office to complete its investigation and determine if the corporation has complied with state law.
"My office has a duty to ensure that non-profit organizations are using their assets in a manner consistent with Missouri laws," Nixon said. "We have been unable to do so due to the Carthage Humane Society's refusal to provide us with an accounting of its corporate assets and activities that we need. Perhaps an order of the court will get their attention."
Nixon is asking for the following records covering the period of Jan. 1, 2001 to the present in the petition for accounting, filed today in Jasper County Circuit Court: