I have received a copy of the Letter to the Editor from Tamera Reed, former HALO president which she has sent to the Contra Costa Times. She states that the Contra Costa Times needs to issue a correction or she will be taking legal action against the paper and HALO.
I have edited the letter for grammar only and removed abbreviations.
Mr. Dave Butler I am asking you to print a rebuttal in regards to the article that Rowena (Coetsee) wrote and posted in the CCTimes on 7/27 regarding HALO animal rescue. What she printed in regards to Wayne Sanderson’s statement is a total lie.
We will hold the Times responsible and hire a lawyer for deprivation of charter. Wayne Sanderson has never stepped foot into HALO at 215 2nd St in Oakley before July 5th. He never had any contact with the adult shift leaders or youth volunteers.
HALO ran 3 shifts a day 8-10 /1-2:30 /4-5:30 or 6pm. There were 2 or more adults present to work with the youth at each shift. We had youth from the ages 12 and up that could volunteer without a parent present. We also had a few 10 and 11 yr old that volunteered with their parent.
I myself have worked with youth my whole adult life at my church Golden Hills on Lone Tree Way. In my profession in Orthodontics, along with volunteering in the class rooms while my children were young, I have been with HALO for about 8 yrs fostering dogs working adoptions and the last 2 1/2 to 3yrs as their President.
My sister Renee has worked on the school Board and Rotary while she lived in Pittsburg. She has also worked on school campus and sports groups while her children were growing up. She is also actively involved at Golden Hills and helped me with choir props this past season for the 3rd -5th grade choir which I have been a part of for 14 yrs.
I’m sure you are aware we have to have background check in order to work with youth and animals. Mine is still public record in the Antioch Police Department which proves I have no infractions of any kind.
The way HALO House was set up, Renee’s private area was only the bedroom area in the house portion of the Fire Department. This had a lock on the door. The living room and kitchen was an open common area that all volunteers, Board members, and adult shift leaders had access to during the hours of 8am -6pm. We also used that area to do meet and greets of dogs, adopters would fill out paperwork and for Board meeting.
After shifts, some volunteers with adults present were aloud to wait in the common area for their parents to pick them up. No volunteers without their parents were ever aloud in the area after 6pm. Sometimes the youth would help us out by using the copy machine to make copies of HALO documents or put collars for the dogs together with the HALO tags but under no circumstances did they every just hang out in the office without no work to do.
If Wayne was ever there he would be aware of this.
Implying that their was ever any other type of activities going on is opening the CCTimes, the Sanderson’s and HALO up to a law suit. I have the written minutes from the Board meeting proving issues of these sorts were not discussed meaning their was never an issue .
Wayne is stated a shift leader told him that a 17 yr old boy scared a young volunteer. The boy he is implying never received any warning for any type of infraction and he worked with several different shift leader. We had had time that a shift leader came to me and stated they didn’t like the way a volunteer didn’t work and just goofed off or played on their cell phone, or one boy they felt mistreated a nervous dog. These issues were always brought to my attention and addressed right away with the parents.
I would never put a child or adult in any type of harmful or immoral situation. I believe it is illegal to post such accusation without proof. I have proof these activities never took place.
If Wayne is stating these accusations, let the adult leader come forward along with the suppose youth. I bet he cant even name the adults who were scheduled shift leaders at HALO. If I don’t see this rebuttal printed within 24-hours I will have no other choice but to move forward w/ a law suit.
Ex HALO President
She sent the letter to Executive Editor, Dave Butler, who can be reached at : 925-977-8406, firstname.lastname@example.org