The now-former executive director of the Humane Society of El Paso broke his silence on social media Wednesday following his termination this week amid criminal charges in Ohio.
Luke Westerman posted the following on Facebook:
“To the thousands of you who have texted, called and direct messaged your words of love, support and encouragement (you know who you are), my family and I are eternally grateful for your kind heart, thoughtfulness and discernment.
This too shall pass and good will prevail, as it always does in the end. That fact gives me endless strength and confidence. And in the interim, I will continue to use all of my energy to make the world a better place for animals and people.
God bless you, my friends.”
As of Wednesday night, the post had nearly 600 likes and more than 100 shares.
Westerman—a former venture capitalist who joined the Human Society in late 2017—faces 16 counts of unlawful securities practices and three counts of theft in Ohio. You can read details on the accusations here.
Westerman is currently out on bond after turning himself in Monday and pleading not guilty in a Columbus courtroom.
The Humane Society’s board of directors said Tuesday there are no indications that Westerman compromised the shelter’s finances. Still, the board said an outside accountant would be hired to conduct an audit.