In last year's annual report, she was the inspirational vet who helped guide the SPCA through the Sars crisis. Praise was heaped on her by both her chairman Lisa Tsui Wing-miu and the patron of the animal welfare charity, the chief executive's wife, Betty Tung. Mrs Tung paid special tribute to Pauline Taylor and her team in the 2002-03 report, saying they 'spoke with knowledge and authority to dissuade people from recklessly abandoning their pets for fear of contracting Sars'. Ms Tsui expressed her delight at Dr Taylor's appointment as executive director, describing her as a 'well-respected veterinarian' and praising her for 'performing so ably' during the Sars outbreak. Twelve months on and Dr Taylor, 44, has been effectively airbrushed out of the 2003-04 annual report with the only reference to her at the end of the report at the foot of a list of SPCA officials. The traditional executive director's report is missing from the publication even though SPCA sources say Dr Taylor submitted a hard copy of the second draft of her report to Ms Tsui, complete with photographs, before going on sick leave in October. Speaking after Thursday's annual meeting, however, Ms Tsui and executive committee members insisted they knew nothing about the existence of the report and had never seen it. A management report written by executive committee members was put in place of the executive director's report which described 2003-04 as 'a remarkable year by any standards'. The report credits the turnaround in SPCA fortunes on 'the extraordinary dedication of our staff and the legions of volunteers who help us on every occasion' and concludes: 'With their efforts and your support, the future for animal welfare in Hong Kong looks brighter than ever before.'