To the Editor,
This is in response to a recent Letter to the Editor regarding Roberta Shoaf at Barn on Baseline, and while I believe the author means well, I don’t believe she is informed. I would like everyone to know a few facts about Roberta Shoaf. These are not my feelings, and not my opinions – just facts. I would not be fighting to have Shoaf removed, were it not for this knowledge. And for the record, I am speaking to the open-minded people of this community who refuse to be fooled by her. If you have questions, reach out and ask them.
Bert, the little Chihuahua, among many other dogs and cats at the shelter, was neglected, starved and deprived of veterinarian care. We spent $700 getting him well.
Schoaf has indeed been arrested for animal cruelty and was released after posting bail. She awaits trial.
The dry food she feeds the dogs is contaminated with rodent feces. Many of the cans of low-grade food have expiration dates that are very old.
On Schoaf's recent tax filing, her available Resource Bank balance exceeded $425,000. The amount claimed for "animal care" (same return) was just more than $38,000.00. This is roughly 12 percent for animals.
Unless she has cleaned it, the attic is full of donations she chronically refuses to use. It boarders on hoarding. She complained to me in a meeting that "it's donated crap that is useless to the animals and will cause them harm."
Claims on her most recent tax return that she has 289 volunteers at the shelter. In truth, she has very few. In a meeting last June, she said directly to me that she considers volunteers a "nuisance, and cannot be trained not to spread infections."
Because she refuses to allow public access to the Dekalb County Animal Welfare League board meetings to voice their concerns, Schoaf is no longer allowed to hold board meetings on Sycamore city-owned property. This is the same public that affords her salary.
She was recently forced to provide vet care to a sick dog and spent money doing so. Afterward, she posted a message about having to euthanize a cat because she "didn’t have enough money" to take it to the vet. She was quoted saying "The death of that cat is on Drew (of Bert's Brigade)."