New York City Animal Care and Control operates shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. In addition they have pet drop-off centers for stray dogs and cats in both Queens and the Bronx. Trusted with the care of the homeless and unwanted, a four month long audit shows the shelters are not safe for any animals, reports the New York Times.
With a five year $51.9 million contract with the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the city comptroller, Scott M. Stringer states the animals’ health are repeatedly put in danger.
“Expired drugs were given to animals 499 times; 92 bottles of expired controlled substances, some 13 years old, had not been disposed of; vaccines were stored next to employee lunches or animal remains; the Manhattan shelter was overcrowded,” revealed just parts of the lengthy investigation.
Last Sunday, Stringer stood before a crowd of animal advocates; many with their rescued pets and stated:
“Animal Care and Control is running an operation that could make your skin crawl…How we treat our most vulnerable creatures is a reflection of our decency as a society.”
The New York City Animal Care and Control has long been under severe criticism. Volunteers at the shelter have told horrible stories of dogs and cats being mistreated at all of the shelter locations as well as heartbreaking cases of neglect and suffering.
Several years ago, an audit reported some conditions had improved, but there is still much more to accomplish.
Alexandra Silver, a spokeswoman for Animal Care and Control say her group has met with Stringer and are carrying out recommendations.
Stringer has promised “$8 million in new capital funding to build a new adoption center in Manhattan, modernize the Brooklyn care center and double the organization’s current fleet of mobile adoption vans.”
Every evening, Urgent Death Row Dogs, an all volunteer non-profit group in New York City, posts the tragic stories of dogs slated for euthanasia at noon the following day. Desperate animal advocates share the stories, hoping the dogs and cats can be saved. Most of the animals would make wonderful pets – they just need more time to find their new homes.
“Why hasn’t that been addressed? We want more lives saved and more happy endings. We want Scott Stringer to help make that happen,” stated Maryann Connolly, one of the women who came with her Manhattan shelter rescued poodle.
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