Haven Humane's documents

Haven Humane animal shelter's silence on the recent hasty departure of Norm Ryan and the subsequent police investigation leaves concerned onlookers mystified and imagining probably worse than whatever actually happened.

Theft? Embezzlement? Vandalism? Intramural hanky panky? Book cooking? Mismanagement? Bad judgment? Bad breath? Bad juju? Bad accident? None of the above? WHAT?

Observers say Ryan didn't quit voluntarily and that further digging is in order.

But we don't really know, do we?

Police won't talk. Ryan won't talk. Interim CEO Yvonne Preston says she can't talk. Nobody else is racing forward to talk. Tar Baby don't say nuthin.

Actually, new Board of Directors President Vickie Marler talked briefly Friday.

She said Preston had indeed stepped down from the board, as reported, and was volunteering as an unpaid CEO while the board seeks a replacement.

"We're real optimistic and pulling together," Marler said. "I know there's a lot of concern about the shelter, but tell people to come down, look around and see we're taking care of the animals. It's all about the animals. Sometimes that gets forgotten."

She said she couldn't comment further about Ryan or the nature of the investigation.

I know Marler a little. She helps run a local company that provides life insurance through credit unions nationwide. She volunteers in several community efforts. I've found her to be soft-spoken, modest and a straight shooter. I think she would speak freely if she legally could.

Meantime, they say if you're gathering string, follow the money. Luckily, a charitable non-profit organization's money is public record.

So until somebody sheds more light, here are the latest Haven Humane IRS documents.

Filed 2008 (not until November)
Filed 2007
Filed 2006
Filed 2005

As always, if anybody in the know wants to talk -- on the record or off -- I'm a good listener.


  1. Writer, editor, optimist ... and world-class bitch!!!

    Here's Johnny!

    What a bunch of had (read: closet lesbian) losers you all are, just like your goddess Hillary.

    Doni and Kelly, a match made in .., oh, I don't know ... a nasty bin of used tampax.

    Kind of the way Scripps Howard used you has-been hags.

    In the words of the great Carl Spackler ... "I have to Laugh"

    Real Chicks love to ride Harleys!!!!

  2. Well, look what the cat vomited up. Thanks for all the pageviews!

  3. It shows your class, Kelly, that you leave such (well, you used it already, but what the hell it's appropriate) 'vomitous' bile up on your comments.
    I take it you know this dude? Dealt with him/her/it before, have you?

    Well done, K.

  4. Dave Haerle, former R-S sports editor, and a guy who always had a way with words. Not saying it's a way a sentient human being would use, but definitely a way...

    Guess he feels like there's some unfinished business here in bodunk Redding. Which is strange, considering how hard he worked while here. He surely couldn't have overlooked anything.

    God bless the world wide web. All it takes is Internet access, a couple of stubby fingers and about 3 functioning brain cells. By my count, that gives "the hurl" about 5 cells extra.

  5. Ahhh, now it makes sense. Bitter EX RS employee who can't let go the past.
    Thanks, Lou, for the 411. It's comforting to know that this loose nut's no longer in Redding.

  6. hopefully the Board of Directors will do a better job this time of selecting a CEO. Maybe not pick a friend or political associate. How about someone with shelter experience and compassion for animals.

  7. Dave, really...behave yourself for once in your life.

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  9. Wow, Dave Haerle finally crawled out from under his rock to leave a comment.

    What exactly is a "had loser," Dave? Is that different than the kind of loser you are?

  10. I've got to chime in here, too. Mr. Haerle, (and I'm using the term "Mister" very liberally here), it is obvious by your comment that your screen name is quite the misnomer (that means it doesn't fit you--being three syllables and all I thought I'd better define my terms). Please go back to your NASCAR watching and lusting after the (doubtlessly "Harley loving") bimbos in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

  11. Vickie Marler says it’s all about the animals? Oh really?

    Then why did Haven's board of directors recruit Norm Ryan (a man with zero knowledge of animals, no experience in shelters, wouldn’t know a humane law if it hit him in the face) in the first place?

    And why was Rich Steele (ditto the experience of Norm) hired from out of town and given the shiny new title of Director of Animal Welfare? Both these men are rumored to be friends of Yvonne Preston’s.

    If it’s “all about the animals” then why is Yvonne Preston acting as CEO instead of someone with actual shelter experience?

    And why, on page 700 of the Yellow Book, does Haven have a full-color ad for the so-called “Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic” advertising (among other things) ear-cropping? EAR CROPPING?? The Humane Society of the United States has long denounced ear cropping and other forms of cosmetic mutilation. See

    All about the animals? Perhaps she should add …’and the revenue they can generate.’
    Seems Haven has lost its humane compass…

  12. I'd apologize for The Man's nasty remarks, but he's no longer my problem...or yours Ms.Brewer.

    Thank God for small miracles, huh?

  13. Unfortunately, "The Hurl" still lives and breaths; get this, he's the arts & entertainment editor for the Aberdeen, Wash., Daily world (David Haerle, Entertainment Editor, ext. 137 - I guess they couldn't afford a trained monkey.
    Thank you, KJB, for a response that was so fitting (and side-splitting). You are such a class act.

  14. One day, hopefully sooner than later, he'll learn not to be so unkind to people.

    I apologize for seeming to redirect your original topic.

  15. Wonder when this site last had so many hits?

    Cult of personality, I guess.

  16. Sort of sad, isn't it?

  17. Life's a bitch...and then you die. lol.

    I'm just trying to learn to laugh at its crazy quirks.

    Good luck with your new venture.

  18. I don't know, man, the guy cracks me up.

    Haerle, jeez, what a cut-up!

    He once propositioned me in the Men's Room. True story.
    Although I realized all heterosexuality had ever gotten me was a wife, five kids and a dog that barks at me when I come home, I had to pass on the offer.

    Glad to see he's still using the "Ride A Harley," line. It nearly worked.

  19. She could cuss like a salty seaman. Salty seamen being one thing she was quite familiar with. Old Bristle is a seaport, after all.

    Now here's a woman to be admired...

  20. Interesting. And libelous/actionable. How cool!

  21. We love lawsuits and court orders...

  22. Speaking of court action, wavy davy, you're violating your restraining order. Over and over... Keep it up. Please.

  23. Huh? I'm not allowed to read either? Oh, no! I am in trouble!

  24. Wow, this post spawned all kinds of activity over on

    "Huh? I'm not allowed to read either? Oh, no! I am in trouble!"

    Not that I'm an attorney or anything, but it stands to reason that if there is no-contact restraining order, leaving comments on a personal blog might qualify as a violation.

  25. I'm not Dave Haerle. Is there a restraining order against me by Ms. Brewer I'm unaware of?

    I've got nothin' against Ms. fact, I now sympathize with her...I know Dave well...too well in fact.

    Sorry about the anonymous thing, it keeps coming up that way when I post.

    Just thought this new blog was an interesting read by some people I know a little about.

    Saw some possible connections to another blog...trying to connect the dots.

  26. And I love to cuss!

  27. Interestingly, the missus has responded to my blog about this....

  28. Oh, my...I could fill you in nicely with all of the juicy details...but I won't...

    I had no idea just what I was in for when I became the enemy...funny how life has its twists and turns.

    Gotta laugh to keep from cryin'...

  29. My only question is why Jane Haerle stays with that pig. Seriously, he is possibly the most vile man I have ever worked with. I don't know Jane, but I am sure she could do better.

    Her response on Barbara's blog was interesting. Not terribly surprising, though.

  30. We're getting a divorce. That's why I finally understand what you ladies were talking about. Imagine what happens when you become the sole recipient of Dave Haerle's "personality flaws".

    If I didn't love men so much, I'd turn lesbian.

    I'm voting for Hillary by the way.

  31. "Lucy",

    Good for you!!!!!! Run like hell from that train wreck and never look back!!!

  32. I'm working on it. Would have been nice if he would have chosen the 'please change' option. Unfortunately, there are four children involved, and I can't run too far. Live and learn, I suppose.

    Thanks, though, for the smile.

  33. Wow Kelly! With all these comments and page views, I guess you'd have to agree this was no "dog" of an entry!

  34. What concerns me to is this is the man (Norm Ryan) who is running against Leslie Detweiler, our City Treasurer who is doing a great job. We need to support her. I cannot even get into to Dave's comments. They are despicable.

  35. thank you anonymous at 10:31pm for getting this back on track. Go to Long Beach Press Telegram and do a search for Norm Ryan. Also The man has run for everything possible, got elected to some obscure Water Board and was not re-elected. Then left town when his friends dumped him. The blogs on the two articles in the RS give you the details on his lawsuit, etc (after you wade through the usual nonsense.)

  36. This exchange could be classified as a haerlestorm.

  37. More questions about Haven mis-mangaement and no answers.
    If Vicky Marler is correct that Yvonne Preston stepped down from the Haven board, why was their web site just recently changed to indicate that Yvonne Preston is both the "President, CEO & Chairperson" on the Board of Directors list and then shown that she is also the "President & CEO" on the Executive Staff List??
    This recent change also removed Amber from the staff and the previous 7 staff members from the clinic??
    Why doesn't Rich Steele show up anywhere? Is he working for "free" too?
    What a merry-go-round.