Wayne Pacelle, CEO and President of the Humane Society of the United Stated (HSUS), has resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. According to USA Today, an internal investigation revealed that there were three sexual “misconduct” complaints against the man who has been the face of the animal-welfare agency for years.
On February 2, the organization issued a press release about Pacelle’s departure:
“The Humane Society of the United States announced that it has accepted the resignation of Wayne Pacelle, as president and CEO, effective immediately. Wayne has served in this capacity since 2004, and previously served for 10 years as the organization chief political and communications operative.”
Rick Bernthal, Chairman of the Board of The HSUS, stated, “The last few days have been very hard for our entire family of staff and supporters. We are profoundly grateful for Wayne’s unparalleled level of accomplishments and service to the cause of animal protection and welfare.”
Pacelle denies the allegations against him – he has indicated that the sexual misconduct complaints were part of a “coordinated attempt to attack” he and the HSUS, reported the Washington Post. The allegations, and subsequent failure of HSUS to remove Pacelle from his positions, led to more departures from the organization. An additional seven board members have resigned from HSUS, reported the Huffington Post.
According to the HSUS, Kitty Block, an attorney, is taking over as the acting president and CEO of the organization.
More information at HSUS.
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