Animal shelter missing money after couple's outburst at fundraiser in Sterling Heights

Couple claim Animal Welfare Society volunteers not getting enough recognition, refuse to turn over donated money

By Shawn Ley - Reporter

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - Tamara Murawski thought the fundraiser for her organization, the Animal Welfare Society, Thursday night in Sterling Heights was a success, right up until the point where chairs started flying.

One wouldn't think an event to help support a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter would get crazy, but that's exactly what happened here.

The husband of one of the event volunteers lost his temper with the shelter's president because he and his wife believed event volunteers weren't receiving enough recognition for planning the event.

So, in addition to chair-throwing tirades, the couple decided to get even by refusing to turn over donations to the shelter. Between $3,000 to $4,000 were raised.

The volunteer was caught saying this on camera: "She's not getting that. She wants to talk to people and she wants ... I busted my a** and my family put all this money in for her to treat people this way?"

Of course, when someone doesn't turn over money donated to a charity it's called "embezzlement from a non-profit or charitable organization."

"People came to that benefit with good intentions of spending money that was going to come back and help this shelter," said Murawski.

Time will tell if tempers cool and the shelter receives those donations.

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