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Animal Charity hires agent, restores services

Published: Fri, January 14, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Elise Franco



Animal Charity will have a new humane agent soon.

The agency’s board voted Thursday in closed session to hire someone new to fill the vacant humane agent position, said Gary Pilcher, board chairman.

Pilcher said the board called and left a message for its No. 1 candidate Thursday night and hope to hear back today on whether he will accept the position.

“We’re going to make a very serious offer, one that we hope he will accept,” he said.

Joe Borosky and Nikole Baringer formerly had the positions of humane agent and chief executive officer, respectively, but lost their jobs Monday after the board decided it would no longer provide those services because of financial problems. Two part-time animal caretakers also were let go.

A temporary financial resolution seemed to come Wednesday, however, after philanthropists Anthony and Mary Lariccia of Boardman announced they would contribute $50,000 annually until the agency regains its financial footing.

Pilcher said the board had several reasons for not rehiring Borosky and Baringer, but would say only that it had to do with “efficiency.”

“Everything that was said about the financial hemorrhaging, all of that was true,” he said. “But we had some underlying personnel issues that have come back to the forefront.”

The board chairman said it’s time for Animal Charity to look ahead and get back on its feet, starting with the hiring of the new humane agent.

“Now that we have the funding we absolutely desperately needed, and we’re able to move forward on what appears to be firm financial footing, we’re in a position to get back the humane function,” Pilcher said.

He said the board has been working around the clock since hearing of the Lariccias’ donation to find the right person for the humane agent job.

“We’ve all been doing a lot of homework this week,” Pilcher said. “Everybody there [Thursday night] has devoted nearly their entire week to addressing this important issue.”

Pilcher said all four of the eliminated positions will eventually be filled, and the hours that were cut for two other employees will be restored.

“Everybody is there because they care very much about animals,” he said. “When we saw the situation we were in it was very depressing. We went from being depressed to ecstatic in a matter of one day.”


1CassAnn(252 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Best good decision I have heard all week! Now when are they going to return the cats they didn't kill back to Cat Ladies Society?

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2kimk1957(21 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Great news at last! Many thanks to the Larricias' for their generous donation.
Area shelters need to work together and assist each other for the sake of the animals.
Animal Charity Board of Directors, you were very wise in ridding yourselves of two unqualified people. A great injustice was done by them to the Cat Ladies Society. Please, Mr. Pilcher, if there are any of their cats still alive....please, please find it in your heart to do the right thing and return them to the CLS. God Bless
Kinsman Kim

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3kfromtheburbs(23 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

To get rid of Borowsky was a wise decision. After what he did at The Cat ladies how can anyone say he was humane. Whenever we see a real rescue on the television, the face we see is Dave Nelson not that loser.

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4Ponyexpress(1 comment)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

At least its not the little troll Borosky. He was such a heartless man. So unprofessional, yelling at people on the phones in front of clients and not having compassion for the animals. As for the actions of Nikole, good luck finding another job around this area. You pretty much ruined your own name. Don't you think its time to grow up? Move on it's over ACO seems to run fine with out you. The people that are left seem to be the people that have compassion for the animals and aren't just out to make a name for themselves or trying to get publicity on the news every other day. I haven't heard any of them making a big deal about it,

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Does this mean they hired Looooooie Free?

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6someonewhocares(6 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I hoping the new agent will go through the files of the past abuse cases that were swept under the straw! !Ellsworth LongHorns and the Belle the Draft Horse!
Who ever the New Agent is "the shoes are not to big to fill". I am hoping the New Agent will be someone that ACTUALLY CARES FOR ANIMALS and their WELL BEING!!Many thanks again to the Lariccia's.Your kindness will be return double. Good Karma surrounds you!!

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7henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Borosky? of "Craig Beach Speedtrap" fame?

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8someonewhocares(6 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes, it is the same BOROSKY!

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9henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago


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10southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

The poor animals are the ones suffering the most throughout all of this.

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11Chacaro(1 comment)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I applaud the board of directors for getting rid of Borosky. I thank the Lariccias for their generosity. I do have a question though. Kyle Ziegler is not a "new hire". Was this position posted for other qualified persons to apply?? If not, why not? Ziegler has a history with the agency. However, that history is tainted by his partnership with Borosky! He was part of the problem with the botched investigation of the High Caliber K-9 boarding kennel. I can't help but wonder what other individuals are out there with a love for animals, a heart for humane law enforcement, and with the knowledge to execute the duties ethically and professionally. This last part is what has been most lacking in the Borosky era. What's changed except the name?

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12peedymom(13 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I agree completly with the above comment. I am saddend that a thorough house cleaning wasn't done at Animal Charity by their board. With all of the negative publicity about AC recently, you would think they would want to start fresh with a qualified humane agent. This job should have been open for others to apply. Why the hurry to fill the position with someone who was fired from the same position not too long ago? I hope the Lariccias question where their money is going. If this hire goes on as scheluled, there are only going to be more problems with the agency. Less people will donate to them if there continues to be issues.

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13taseman(16 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Who gives authority to Animal Charity, permitting them to hire a humane agent and conduct those duties? It's time for the local County judges, the County prosecuting attorney, and everyone else involved at the Youngstown city-level to answer this question. If they cannot or won't, then it is time to file complaints with the authorities in Columbus: The Ohio Supreme Court ethics office and the Ohio Ethics Commission come to mind. And as for the veterinarians at Animal Charity, it is time to audit them as well. Complaints should be filed with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Board. This is all long overdue. The recent Cat Ladies fiasco will not be the last. Shame on all of us and our community.

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14peedymom(13 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

To taseman, very good questions. Maybe another organization should be in charge of a humane department for the area, Either a new entitiy or another organization with a better track record of animal care and working with the public. Maybe the money donated would be better spent an a new humane group.

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153l337(2 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I am very happy Animal Charity if turning a new leaf and got rid of those to jokers they called employees. They wrongfully fired at least 5 people that I know of over the years. (many more Im sure) One of those being the new agent Ziegler. He was under Borosky, but he has also been there MUCH longer than Borosky and it was simply favortism that got Borosky into the title he was in. In the end Animal Charity now has a humane officer that CARES about animals and will be able to do his job a hell of alot better without the two dingbats getting in the way.

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