Insubordination claim denied by Anderson
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Aug 19, 2014 | 971 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Bobbi Anderson, who was terminated from her position as SPCA county animal shelter director Monday night, said she had never been informed by SPCA President Betti Gravelle of the complaint she had with a 911 call that was brought forward by Gravelle and used as the basis to fire Anderson for insubordination. The call concerned a disputed dog bite incident.

Gravelle denied Anderson the right to answer the

charges during the board meeting.

Anderson did speak to the Cleveland Daily Banner after the meeting and gave her recollection of the incident.

“Somebody handed me the work phone and not the 911 phone,” Anderson said. “The officer got on there and it sounded like he had talked to someone previously.”

She said the officer informed her the dog had been controlled, and shelter personnel needed to retrieve the animal.

“He said nothing about a dog bite,” Anderson said.

“I told him to wait a minute and I’d get back with him,” she said. “I walked down to the kennel and we got disconnected somehow. I don’t know what happened.”

She said the officer did not call back.

“I don’t have their personal numbers,” Anderson said. “I guess I could have called dispatch. It sounded to me like everything was under control. I heard nothing about a bite of any sort, so I just left it at that.”

She said Gravelle’s statement Monday night was the first she had heard of a biting incident.

“If someone had [been] bitten, the officer would have gone out there and the health department would have called me,” Anderson said.

She added the officer told her the dog was contained and never said anything about a bite.

“He did ask if we picked up aggressive dogs, and I told him we do,” Anderson said.

She reiterated that she was never notified of any of the details Gravelle stated in public Monday night by anyone, including Gravelle.