DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the state has reached a settlement agreement with the former operators of the Colorado Humane Society. As part of the settlement, Robert Warren and Mary C. Warren are barred from operating or managing charitable organizations for the next decade. The Warrens also will be prohibited from owning or operating any business covered by the Colorado Pet Animal Care Facilities Act, such as an animal shelter, for the next five years.
Stephanie L. Gardner, who also helped run the Colorado Humane Society, will be barred from operating a charity for the next two years and operating any business covered by the Colorado Pet Animal Care Facilities Act for one year.
The Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit in Arapahoe County District Court against Gardner and the Warrens in December 2008 alleging that they, through the Colorado Humane Society, violated numerous provisions of Colorado law, including the Charitable Solicitations Act, Consumer Protection Act and the Revised Non-Profit Corporations Act. As part of the lawsuit, a judge placed the Colorado Humane Society’s operations and assets under the supervision of a custodian. On the recommendations of the custodian, the court agreed in December to allow the sale of the Colorado Humane Society’s assets, including its name.
“The fact that the Colorado Humane Society is no longer in operation today is a testament to the mismanagement and poor choices of the organization’s former management,” Suthers said. “This case should underline the reality that the managers of nonprofits throughout Colorado have a duty to manage their operations responsibly.”