Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Money Flow

The 2010 audited financial statements for the Roanoke Valley SPCA have been published.

Keep in mind that, per Barbara Dalhouse's Roanoke Times editorial, the Roanoke Valley SPCA and the Roanoke Pound are 2 separate entities.

"To understand that relationship, you have to understand the purposes of the two entities. The Pound fulfills an animal control/law enforcement function that is required by state law. Among other things, the Pound is needed to house stray animals that are picked up by Animal Control and provide a place where citizens can find and reclaim animals that have been picked up. The Pound is funded with tax money and was never designed to provide adoption services"

"The RVSPCA is a charitable organization, funded by donations, whose mission is to “improve the quality of life for animals and the people they touch in the Roanoke Valley.” As part of that mission, the RVSPCA seeks to find homes for as many of the unclaimed animals at the Pound as it can."

"The RVSPCA, because of its experience in running an animal shelter and its passion for preventing animal cruelty, was persuaded to take on the task of managing the Pound for the municipalities...It would do this through a separate entity called Animal Care Services." (ACS)

Take a look at the 2010 RVSPCA audited financial records here.

Points of Interest:
Page 8, Principles of Consolidation
 "because through ACS, RVSCA has operational responsibility for the RCACP, current accounting guidelines encourage consolidation. Intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation"

Interesting- the longer Bill Watson has been in charge of both the charity RVSPCA and the tax funded RCACP, the more "consolidation" practices have been implemented.

Page 17, Related Party Transactions

"As of June 30th 2011 the RVSPCA owed fees in the amount of $2,496 to cover wages of ACS staff for providing janitorial and maintenance support to RVSPCA"
According to reports, ACS staff has been providing services to the Roanoke SPCA for years. Could this little tidbit have been added since the RVSPCA utilizing ACS staff without compensation has come to light?

Come to think of it, who did all the work moving the SPCA's Pet Cemetery a few years back? Click here and here for the story and video. It seems like a pretty big project, taking 60-90 days. Our understanding is that ACS staff did the work. Where are the recorded compensations for your tax money? 

If we don't know about years past, who is to believe
that $2,496 is all that is owed this year? 

And why in the world is the privately funded SPCA  "borrowing" services from the tax funded RCACP?

The SPCA's 990 form for 2010 is also somewhat interesting, click here
Schedule O (near the end of the document)

Compensation Explanation: William Watson, Jr
The following are additional hours worked for related organizations:
Mountain View Humane: 2 hours per week
Animal Care Services, Inc: 15 hours per week

Keep in mind that half of Mr. Watson's $100,000 salary comes from Animal Care Services, your tax money.

Around $50,000 for 15 hours a week. Not a bad salary for someone who fought the volunteer program, refuses to fund raise for the pound, and for someone who refuses to allow fostering and adoptions.

Per these tax documents, it seems that Bill Watson wants the Roanoke Valley SPCA and the Roanoke Pound to be one and the same, financially. If that is indeed the trend and the goal, he will have to take responsibility for the deaths of thousands of animals at the Pound. And that, sir, entails more than going over and personally telling them goodbye and that you are sorry as they are being killed.


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