27 months ago Barbara Hutchinson transformed the Canyon County Animal Shelter from a government run operation to a private nonprofit operation and reduced the kill rates of dogs and cats. Hutchinson submitted her resignation Tuesday night during a shelter board meeting but says that her departure was not prompted by any board pressure. Board President Brenda Cameron told the Idaho Statesman the subject came up during discussion of the budget and other operating issues.” Let’s just say it was a mutual decision.”

In the past two years, KIDO’s Kevin Miller has worked closely with the shelter to help raise $80,000 from the Rachael Ray ASPCA $100K Challenge. Hutchinson says she will pursue some private job opportunities and interests.