Today confirmed in an e-mail that he has submitted his resignation to the .
Staff members are reeling from and Pelleriti’s decision adds to that shock.
“I can confirm that I submitted my resignation on Monday,” wrote Pelleriti. “Friday the 23rd of March will be my final day of employment with the Healdsburg Animal Shelter."
Pelleriti declined to elaborate on his reasons.
“I wish the Healdsburg Animal Shelter the best moving forward,” he said during a phone interview.
But staff admits to the stress of the escalating situation.
“It feels like emotional chaos for the staff, and it’s hard to focus on your everyday job,” said HAS bookkeeper Penny Chambers. She expressed her distress with the press coverage of the shelter.
“The press seems to be taking the voices of eight [or so] unhappy people instead of the balance of the 10,000 residents of Healdsburg,” she said. “There are only four dogs at the shelter currently, but because of the chaos created, animals are not being brought in.
“If those eight people think [what they are doing is] about helping the animals—they are not doing that.”
As the story continues to break Healdsburg Patch will continue to update readers.