GRRoW's founder, Dana Bourassa, who resigned as the organization's president earlier this year, had testified at the court trial on DeGrand's behalf.Her
testimony made reference to conflicts between her
and members of GRRoW
, such how to handle a fund for dogs with special needs.
A message from Bourassa
, dated Feb. 13, mentions a disagreement over "policies and procedures."
"This is the new leadership of GRRoW
, complete power of the board and they will trample anyone they don't like," said Bourassa
, whose message also claimed GRRoW
is "NOTHING like the organization I founded."
Following the trial, another message from Bourassa
won the battle and lost the war with this case."
"The effects of this will be far reaching, not just with GRRoW
, but unfortunately, with other rescues as well as word gets out," she
said."John Q. Public will be totally turned off and not trust any rescue.Do you honestly think foster homes will want to take in special needs dogs after this?" Bourassa
said the court trial could have been avoided if "someone had truly been in open communication with [DeGrand], (and) agreed that after Georgie Girl has recuperated from her intestinal illness that she would go down (to Madison) for her second opinion on her hips."
Taking the dog away from DeGrand's family is "nothing less than cruel," Bourassa