Hi Tor Long-time Volunteer Resigns After Internal Dispute

A volunteer at the Hi Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona resigned from his position on Monday night after an alleged dispute with the board. According to Donald Franchino, who worked with the Hi Tor rebuild project for many years raising money to build a new shelter for animals, a complaint was filed with authorities accusing him of illegally using the shelter’s name to raise money for a separate fund. Franchino stated that the fund was set up with a separate tax number and account to protect money raised specifically for rebuild incase the shelter’s former director filed a lawsuit against them. Current board President Lizanne Fiorentino stated that Franchino was not running the rebuild project as he was supposed to and she had ordered for him to turn the funds raised over to Hi Tor’s original account, though Franchino stated that he was the one who had been asking for documentation of funds acquired for the first six months of the new president’s term, with no answer leading to the separate account. According to Fiorentino she filed complaints with the Rockland District Attorney’s Office as well as the State Attorney General’s office for Franchino to stop using Hi Tor’s name for his causes. Volunteers have raised about $300,000 for the shelter since the rebuild operation was announce in 2012.

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