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Greenhill lawsuit dismissed

A lawsuit filed against Greenhill Humane Society by former employee Heidy Hollister has been dismissed. The case was officially dismissed on July 25.

“All disputes between the parties have been resolved,” said Scott Meyer, the attorney who represented Greenhill in the lawsuit.

Hollister declined to comment, and Jaclyn Semple, the assistant director of Greenhill, could not be reached for comment. “The parties mutually agreed that all details will be kept confidential,” Meyer said.

The $700,000 suit against Greenhill stated Hollister was the subject of “unwarranted criticism and reprimands” and her contract terminated after she complained “that many of the animals were injured, sick and diseased and defendant [Greenhill] did not provide them with adequate or any medication or hygienic care to relieve their pain and suffering,” according to a Nov. 14 EWarticle.

Hollister’s employment from the First Avenue Shelter, which is run by Greenhill, was terminated shortly after she raised concerns about the treatment of some animals and unnecessary use of euthanasia. The shelter was formerly Lane County Animal Services shelter, which had been going successfully no-kill. Animal advocates, especially No Kill Lane County, have criticized Greenhill for not continuing LCAS’s policies.

“Greenhill continues to provide the highest quality care to all animals at its' shelters, including high quality veterinary care.  We are very proud of our dedicated staff, tireless volunteers and exemplary veterinary professionals who work every day to maintain our high standards,” Meyer said.

The lawsuit was filed Nov. 9, 2012, and a stipulated dismissal of the case was submitted on July 12.