Pet Lovers Accuse Animal Care & Control of Keeping Them Out of Meeting; Being Kill-Happy

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In the latest round of beef between pet lovers and New York Animal Care & Control, dozens of activists were unable to get into the shelter's board meeting yesterday at the Department of Health building. (We couldn't get in, either.) Protestors who accused the shelter of being too kill-happy very quickly -- and loudly -- voiced suspicions that the NYCAC&C was purposefully keeping them out. One person claimed she had received inside information of 12 empty seats. DoH security said the conference room, which holds an estimated 40 people, was simply too full.

Animal rights' activists have for years said that the Department of Health mismanages the shelter, and that decisions to euthanize animals are not undertaken with enough scrutiny or transparency. Yesterday's board meeting, however, was especially well attended because of publicity from fresh allegations leveled at the end of May by Emily Tanen, a former staffer, that animals were needlessly killed to save costs.

Shortly after, NYCAC&C released the heartwarming news that they had saved an emaciated dog from the trash, and the dog needed a new home. According to a video of the board meeting posted on Facebook, director Julie Bank cited a lack of funding for adequate communications and transport as main challenges to facilitate adoptions. When she said there has been a significant decrease in euthanasias in the last 10 years, loud guffaws erupted from the audience.

NYCAC&C sends rescue groups a daily email of sick animals on the euthanize list. Two popular Facebook pages publish photos of the animals on that list, with urgent pleas for any takers. Yesterday evening, the dog people over at Urgent Part 2 (about 19,500 fans), immediately started posting indignant news of the DoH meeting. The cat folks at the more ominously named Pets on Death Row (around 11,000 fans) naturally took a different approach, and pleaded with members to be a bit more civil. From their wall: "We encourage you all to freely speak amongst yourselves but to maintain civility and FOCUS on the animals AND SAVING them, while posting on PODR...If you want to blast and swear and wish death on ACC and their employees, all YOU WILL DO is hurt this page. B/c the shelter is closely watching."

In an email today, NYCAC&C responded to activists' furor over yesterday's meeting: "Our board meetings have been held in the same location for years and, as always, members of the public were permitted entrance to watch the board meeting. The public was also given a percentage of time for public comment. The public was allowed in on a first-come, first-serve basis and the room was filled to capacity."


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Charond
Charond

its inhumane whta they do to this poor animals. Wtf are they doing with our tax money these  greedy bastards??

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Laurie Bleier
Laurie Bleier

A CALL FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE FOLLOWING BOARD MEMBERS OF ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL OF NYC

AND A BOYCOTT OF THE COMPANIES THEY WORK FOR.

Every year as thousands of cats, kittens, puppies and dogs are senselessly slaughtered at Animal Care and Control of NYC (NYCACC), the following people continue to waste four critical voting seats on its board. The seemingly "lifetime position" of board member has been granted to these men (yes, there are no woman on the board) who have continued to show a total lack of symphony, sensitivity or imagination toward the plight of NYC's at risk animals. Considering their considerable social and financial associations which are many, they have yet to use their wealth or position to make one positive change within the shelter system.

The following four must resign and be replaced with real humane professionals.

CALL AND E-MAIL THEM NOW. ONLY PRESSURE WILL BRING RESIGNATIONS.

The "independent" board members, all chosen by Mayor Bloomberg, not for merit and certainly not for change. Call and e-mail their companies and demand their people step down today. Tell them you intend to boycott until they do.

Gilbert Doniger & CO IncBruce DonigerHedge fund trader, Treasurer NYCACCMr. Donniger has no burning interest in animal affairs, nor expertise in running a shelter. Yet, he ran the AC&C for 7 months as “interim” Executive Director in 2007. Call:(212) 888-5151    

Grammercy Animal HospitalJay Kuhlman, DVMDr. Kuhlman never publicly protested the DOH’s stewardship of the ACC or the actions and inaction of his fellow board members. Even when the AC&C dismantled its dog walking program, Dr. Kuhlman did not raise a complaint.  Call:(212) 477-4080

Pengin BooksPatrick NolanVP Marketing, Penguin Group PublishingAppointed in March 2007 to fill a nine-month vacancy and now apparently a permanent member of the Board, Mr. Nolan has done nothing to advance the AC&C’s cause or help its animals. Call:(212) 366-2563(212) 366-268     J.H. Whitney Investment Management, LLCJohn M.B. O;ConnorCEO

Former partner at JP Morgan Partners and now CEO of J.H. Whitney Investment Management in Manhattan. He has always closely allied himself with the Health Commissioner. He had been the AC&C’s treasurer for four years. A blood sport hunter and ACC's most hostile board member to animal welfare issues.   He has twice stated at Board meetings that the AC&C directors have no control over the AC&C’s budget.  Really?  Even though the Commissioner of the DOH (which sets the AC&C’s budget) is Chairman of the AC&C Board!  Through the years, Mr. O’Connor has never employed his touted financial expertise to raise monies for the AC&C.  Apparently, his overriding concern is to ensure that nothing at the AC&C embarrasses his “friend,” Mayor Bloomberg.Call 212) 835-1950

Michelle
Michelle

If you don't have anything to hide why would you not use a larger area to allow everyone to attend the meeting?  Shame on you NYC ACC for not accommodating the public at the meeting and killing animals to save costs-what a disgrace. A pet on death row for "a cold" means that it is easier to kill it than find it a home or treat it. Instead of helping animals you are their worst enemy.

Donnatrd
Donnatrd

Zoe so..why don't you just out of curiosity..try phoning the ACC yourself tomorrow, and see just how many attempts and how long it takes you to get through to somebody..Then try to put yourself in the position of somebody trying to get through to save a dogs life..Maybe then you will have a little more understanding about peoples feelings regarding the situation at the ACC

Lauree French
Lauree French

IMHO, this is a poorly researched article.  Ms. Zoe...have you followed the listings and pleadings from the URGENT PART 2 page?  Have you witnessed the many people scrambling every night, trying to cross post and find rescues, fosters or adopters?  Have you witnessed the people trying desperately to reach the ACC to place a hold on an animal, only to report back that they cannot get through...or if they do get through, that 'someone' picks up the phone and hangs it up..and the ulitmate outcome is the animal is put to sleep before someone can put a hold on them?If the shelter is 'closley watching' these pages, as stated above, then they should see that people are working on saving a dog who is being killed for a cold...or because they are starved and want to protect their food.  If they shelter is closing watching, why do they not reply or get involved with the people trying to help them?  I would seriously like to see a reasonable explanation for their lack of compassion, despite the fact that they are 'closely watching.'  Sounds like spite killing to me...don't you agree?  Can you understand why people who are working so fervently to rescue these companions would be 'indignant'?Regarding the statement made by Ms. Bank indicating a decrease in euthanasia, one would only have to go back to the advent of facebook.  The reason for the decrease IS because of the people who post, cross post, rescue, foster, adopt....people who pledge money that could easily be spent on vacations or other luxuries.  People who do not make six figure salaries managing a 'care' shelter that cannot be considered compassionate.  People who cry every day looking at the animals who are killed because of a cold that can easily be prevented...and treated.And now...the ACC has decided to slow the release of information and status updates on the animals who have hours to live.Indignant?  I think indignant is being nice.  We are outraged.   I would welcome you reply.

Laura Simpson
Laura Simpson

What goes on at the ACC is criminal.  Julie Bank is the worst Director in the history of the ACC.  These poor animals do not have a fighting chance.  The city i.e. Bloomberg need to spend more money on the shelter system and put new management in place.  Other cities of comprable size to NYC spend $4 for every voting citizen on their shelters, NYC spends only $1.  Its a blood bath and we need to do better for these helpless voiceless creatures.

Gatorvet99
Gatorvet99

zoe,as a veterinarian, your ignorance about the conditons and the needless euthanasia of pets that lack fundamental care and treatment at the city's acc is quite disturbing. what is more disturbing is the lack of acknowledgement by Ms Banks, the DOH and Mayor Blumberg about what is truly happening at acc. dogs that don't get walked daily, no one to answer the phones-hardened criminals get treated better. the only crime these dogs are guility of is ending up in a shelter where theyare euthanized for a treatable disease-give doxy at intake people!! kennel cough should not be a death sentence. with all the budget cuts, why does the doh not reevaluate Ms Bank's six figure salary. Money that can be put to use for the dogs she supposedly champions. Get Ms Banks out of there and bring in someone that has the pet's best interest at heart to rebuild relations with the public, increase the volunteer base and increase donations so that more lives can be saved, that is the goal we all have. and push for manditory spay/neuter programs. the public was kept away because they did not want to atone for their sins. Maybe Ms Banks should have to spend 24 hours in a kennel and stay in her own filth and squalor and be denined basic medical care when needed.

Browndogtreasures
Browndogtreasures

I urge people to keep shining a light on this. ACC is like a death camp for companion animals. The tax payers need to have a say in this. Next time hold the meeting in a larger room. Tell the mayor's office we need some reform here!

guest
guest

This is a shitty article. VV can't you do better? You USED TO way back when...

Rachel Berardinelli
Rachel Berardinelli

I just want to say that I do appreciate you writing an article, because despite that a lot of us work hard at getting this information out to the public, information spreads faster when the press is involved. And I hope that our comments inspire you to write a follow-up someday. 

Jacquie Byron
Jacquie Byron

Saying that the ACC sends rescue groups an email of sick animals every day is incorrect.  They send them a list of the dogs and cats that they will be killing the next morning.  Most, if not all, are healthy.  If they are ill, it is due to kennel cough or something else they picked up by lying in their own waste, not being fed or having fresh water. 

Laurie Bleier
Laurie Bleier

Having a board filled with weak, indifferent members repeatedly showing up at these meetings lacking ideas, promise and enthusiasm can no longer be tolerated.  This board MUST be comprised of leaders who have made great things happen for shelter pets --- like the folks in this audience!  WE need a board consisting of spunky people with the highest integrity who understand what a crucial role they play in the fight for better conditions, not people who continue to be satisfied with the filth and death that is the reality of our shelter pets.

Excerpted from Mary Jo Tobin

The AC&C Board of Directors. Call them, boycott them, demand they resign.

There are 7 seats on the AC&C Board.  Three (3) are reserved for City government officials: the DOH, NYPD, and Parks & Recreation. The remaining 4 seats are for so-called “independent” directors (all of whom are selected by Mayor Bloomberg).  Directors never challenge the DOH or the Mayor.  They do what’s best for the DOH and the Mayor. 

CALL THESE PEOPLE. Boycott Dr. Kuhlman Bruce Doniger and especially Patrick Nolan of Penguin books.

Call them at their offices, disrupt their daily routines. Shame them into quitting. Be polite and tell them what we need in board members. Unless

The "independent" board members (all chosen by Mayor Bloomberg):

JAY KUHLMAN, DVMGramercy Animal Hospital37 East 19th StreetNew York, NY 10003Tel. 212-477-4080; fax (212) 254-7497sjkuhlman@aol.comA veterinarian. Genuinely cares about the plight of shelter animals but has never publiclyprotested the DOH’s stewardship of the ACC or the actions and inaction of his fellow boardmembers.  Even when the AC&C dismantled its dog walking program, Dr. Kuhlman did not raise a complaint.  

JOHN M.B. O’CONNORjoc@jocnewyork.comFormer partner at JP Morgan Partners and now CEO of J.H. Whitney Investment Managementin Manhattan.  He has always closely allied himself with the Health Commissioner. He had been the AC&C’s treasurer for four years. A blood sport hunter and ACC's most hostile board member to animal welfare issues.   He has twice stated at Board meetings that the AC&C directors have no control over the AC&C’s budget.  Really?  Even though the Commissioner of the DOH (which sets the AC&C’s budget) is Chairman of the AC&C Board!  Through the years, Mr. O’Connor has never employed his touted financial expertise to raise monies for the AC&C.  Apparently, his overriding concern is to ensure that nothing at the AC&C embarrasses his “friend,” Mayor Bloomberg.  

BRUCE DONIGERAC&C TreasurerE-Mail:   bbdoniger@yahoo.comAppointed in Oct 2004. President and CEO of The J.E. & Z.B Butler Foundation, a nonprofit thatbenefits at-risk youth and individuals with special needs.  He is a decent man who is very involved in helping people.  However, he has no burning interest in animal affairs, nor expertise in running a shelter.  Yet, he ran the AC&C for 7 months as “interim” Executive Director in 2007. 

PATRICK NOLANVP Marketing, Penguin Group PublishingPatrick.Nolan@us.penguingroup.comAppointed in March 2007 to fill a nine-month vacancy and now apparently a permanent member of the Board. He remains an unknown entity.  Although described by a fellow director as an animal lover and a master of advertising, Mr. Nolan has done nothing to advance the AC&C’s cause or help its animals. 

The "ex-officio" board members from the City are: They arent resigning any time soon. Trust me.

THOMAS FARLEY, M.D

Commissioner

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Chairman of the AC&C Board of Directors

125 Worth Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10013

Tel: (212) 295-5347 Fax: (212) 295-5426

e-mail: tfarley@health.nyc.gov

In September 2009, Mayor Bloomberg appointed Dr. Farley to succeed former Commissioner Thomas Frieden as the DOH Commissioner. In that position, Dr. Farley had a reserved seat on the AC&C Board.  His fellow directors immediately voted him their chairman.  As one of his first acts, Dr. Farley approved the DOH’s appeal from a court order that it must create full service shelters in the Bronx and Queens ASAP.  

Adrian Benepe

Commissioner  of NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Tel:  800 201-Park; Dial 311 for all Parks & Recreation Information

Adrian.Benepe@parks.ny.gov  

Commissioner Benepe has a reserved seat on the AC&C Board.  He has not been seen at AC&C Board meetings for years.  Commissioner Benepe facilitates access to parks for adoption events hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance.  He demonstrates little or no interest in improving the plight of shelter animals.

Inspector David Colon

Mr. Colon he is the newest Representative for NYPD Community Affairs.

Inspector David Colon

Deputy Inspector - 23rd Precinct

162 East 102nd Street

New York, NY 10029

212-860-6411

Joann
Joann

Julie Banks has   nerve - NERVE! - to happily chatter about her success story regarding the emaciated pit that CACC "saved" (hey, Julie - let's talk about the thousands you killed for no good reason). Simply put, this woman - this organization - is an abomination!! They leave dogs and cats to lay in their own excrement, without food and water, waiting for that needle to end the suffering that CACC has inflicted upon them (do you know what the authorities would do to us as pet owners if WE did that to our pets??). Zoe So -- get out from behind your laptop and go down to this hell hole and volunteer for a day and see what we are all angry about. But don't tell them you are a writer...just go as an ordinary animal lover and then revisit this article.

Torrie Nystrand
Torrie Nystrand

The ACC mislabel animals everyday as having a temper or being deathly ill just to kill them for space! Now please tell me is a cold any reason to be killed?? Do you think that a starving dog that dont lift his head from his food bowl when it is moved deserve to die?? How about a scared 6 week old kitten that hisses when a huge hand comes at it, should that kitten be killed for temper??? Please do your home work on the ACC there are pictures all over FB and other sites on the internet there are news stories. Look at them read them listen to them. You may just find yourself just as outraged as we are!!!

Forrest Foster
Forrest Foster

Ms. So: It's gratifying that you were able to cover this important story. I'd like to suggest though that in the future you consider writing about such matters in a more respectful and informed manner. It was most unfortunate that you chose to introduce the events around Tuesday's meeting as a "beef" between pet lovers and AC&C, as if an ongoing petty squabble was occurring The matter at hand is nothing less serious than the death every year of thousands of animals that homes could be found for. Additionally, your statement that two Facebook pages publish daily pleas to any takers regarding sick animals on a euthanasia list is dismissive and misleading, implying that the issue at hand is a do-gooder desire to have absolutely anyone save these "sick" animals. While it's true that those groups seek to increase live release from the shelter, the bigger concern is that the AC&C is placing these pets on the euthanasia list for being too sick to adopt when in fact the have the equivalent of a dog or cat cold, which could be easily and inexpensively treated.And by the way, should you wish to follow up on the "heartwarming" tale of the emaciated dog that Ms. Bank takes credit for rescuing, I encourage you to note that there is no public phone number anywhere available for interested persons to call. If you follow the story deep enough, you will find an email address, but should you send an email I imagine that you, like me, will receive no response. That story was PR, pure and simple. Fortunately for that dog, a foster home was found, because had she stayed at the shelter she likely would have found herself with kennel cough and on the kill list just like the thousands of other pets like her.

Donnatrd
Donnatrd

This article you have written contains very little facts and has obviously been written with very little if not any investigation of the subject...You had a chance to speak out against the cruelty inflicted on these poor animals and make an impact but instead you wrote a half hearted 3rd rate article!!  A dog recently was adopted after having to spend 4 days at the ACC with a broken leg..the dog was made to stand on this leg for a picture and received no medical care other then pain relief!!  They did not even attempt to bandage and support the broken limb which was so badly broken the leg may need to be amputated!!!  If this dog had been left without obvious urgent medical care for 4 days by a civilian, they would have been charged with animal cruelty!!  Yet the ACC routinely treat there animals like this.

Guest
Guest

This was meant to present news and not a poster for your movement people, leave the poor girl alone and spend your energy where it's meant to be spent - for your cause. If you want to inform others of your cause and your perspective - write something yourself. Don't be as close minded and negative as you claim the people you are rallying against are.

stacy
stacy

I think you need to follow "Urgent 2" on Facebook for a few days so you can see the reality of what's going on at NYCACC. Wrong animals being euthanized, dogs and cats being killed after they have fosters or adopters lined up, animals living in substandard conditions, simple and treatable medical conditions being left untreated-and then used as the reason to euthanize them, dogs and cats given only few days to be adopted out. Seriously, the list can go on and on and anyone that starts to investigate into what's really going on at NYCACC is going to be just as horrified as I was.I adopted a dog of off the "euthanasia list" in March. She came in on 3/24 and was scheduled to be killed on 3/27. She was a scared, little senior chihuahua with her few remaining teeth so rotten, they were black and green. It's no wonder she was a little nippy- she was probably in horrific pain from her infected gums and painful teeth- not to mention being dumped into a shelter . She had mammary tumors,bilateral luxating patellas and a heart murmur. She was given no antibiotics, pain medications or medical treatment or any kind of workup.  I'm sure no money was wasted on her because she is older and they were just going to kill her anyway. I had all of her teeth pulled and the tumors removed. She is living the life I wish for every animal that has suffered, been abused and dumped into a substandard and frightening kill shelter could live.

Yael
Yael

I think it's sad to read an article showing that not enough research was done on the ACC functioning and the shelter system overall.There was supposed to be 2 other shelters built in NY, in exchange for a big donation that was made to NY a few years ago. Also the terms of the donation stated that the dogs could be put to sleep under only 2 circumstances: temper, and disease. I wonder what would happen if we killed every person who had a cold (easy to treat) or who had been starving, then was given food, and growled because the food was taken away. I'm not saying that every single person in that place is bad, not at all. I wouldnt know. All i know is that cages are filthy, dogs are pts while potential adopters are on the line. To me, there are a few easy steps that could be taken to improve the animals' conditions. There are not taken. To me this article is too politically correct. it doesnt help the animals. It doesnt help anything. And YES the NYC ACC watches closely what people who are trying to help do. And yes they have at times restricted info or access on purpose. This doesnt help.This is not a time for ego. This is not a time to fight. The ACC needs to face criticism and act in a mature way. Its purpose is to help animals. This is the time for us animal lovers and supporters to try and make things change, to try and make things right, and our duty to mediatise what we consider is wrong. I dont care at this point who did what. I care that things improve for the animals. We're all adults here, helping the voiceless. Now let's get back to work and save more lives.

Mac6036
Mac6036

You are a high school intern?

Carm
Carm

This article teaches the reader nothing about the core issues surrounding the facts leading up  to Tuesday's event. If you are going to pursue a career in journalism, please cover the essential details that a casual reader needs to know. Do your research!  This sounds like a poorly planned and  desperate last minute attempt to hand in a middle school report on what you did on  your summer vacation. 

Volstitansfan
Volstitansfan

Lack of funds for communication? Delusional as usual. It costs nothing to release the information about the dogs and cats in a timely manner as it can be done vocally and then transferred by or through e-mail to the appropriate people or rescues.  For days now ACC has dragged it's feet and left those of us posting furiously to try to save as many as possible wondering what the status is of animals. The reason? An assumption by those within ACC that they have the power to play God.  In just the past couple of days, it came to light that the status will no longer be available. Transparency my ass. They have NO interest in saving these animals. Several recently have had a massive amount of pledges and were murdered. Sick? I'm surprised they aren't all dead from the filth. Aggressive? I should say they have a right to be aggressive when hungry and filthy. Don't tell me it falls to the rescues or individuals to do all the work to get them adopted. ACC is breaking several codes and committing fraud on the NY taxpayer. Those behind Maddie's Fund don't seem to care that ACC is not conforming. Perhaps they are just as guilty of misconduct among themselves. There should be total disclosure of ALL operations. One should not have to wonder about the status of an animal for days on end.  ACC staff should answer the phones. Why are people trying to get through for hours on end??? Dogs have died because no one answers the phones!!! And let's address the problem of dogs being murdered only to discover it was actually a different dog, rather than the one identified. Which dogs were mistakenly murdered??? Why are volunteers not permitted to use Chameleon to assist in helping get the word out about dogs and cats immediately? If volunteeers can do this it frees up the staff to actually do their jobs better. Lord knows that would be a blessing to the animals. No animal should be sitting in those cages for days on end in it's own filthy with no food and water. That is animal abuse so why is the ACC not being charged with the crime?? Seems the ACC wants to shout about it's volunteer program when, in fact, they do everything possible to discourage anyone wanting to volunteer by limiting them from critical areas that would expedite the saving of animals. Shoddy work ethic, non-existant (and I gag to use the following term) leadership, and an abundance of incompetence is what the taxpayers are funding. Taxpayers should be furious!!! 

Jessica Lcpo
Jessica Lcpo

I have come in contact, via rescues, with several dogs that have come from ACC and were on Urgent Part 2.  All of the dogs were fine after some antibiotics.  We recently tried to pull a dog from the ACC and they did not make it easy.  By not making it easy, I mean, did not return a signal call.  This was a dog off Urgent Part 2.

I agree with others that maybe you should look at lists daily for about a month.  I think it will certainly open your eyes. 

I am not sure what facts you would need to see that what the ACC is doing is wrong.

Kimberly Smith
Kimberly Smith

This article reeks of ignorance! The writer apparently has no knowledge of anything that goes on behind the closed doors of the AC&C!!! Julie Bank wants to act as if she has done wonderful things because she saved a dog from the trash...how is that possible when she is never there? Not to mention that is one dog that may have been saved compared to how many the shelter SHE runs kills every single day??? How many of the wrong dogs have they killed? The article failed to mention that! How about the pregnant dog they killed and then cut the poor mom open and killed all of her puppies? Where is that in this article? Or how about the "stray" dog they adopted out within a day and when the righful owner tried to claim her lost dog the AC&C would give her no information about the people who adopted her dog? Where is that in the article? Or how about the inhumane conditions of feces and urine these animals are forced to live in? No food or fresh water. Animals that are clearly sick and injured and not being treated. There are pictures so where are those? What about Julie planning to install security cameras because she feels her life is in danger yet she is never at the shelter and admitted  "lack of funding for adequate communications and transport as main challenges to facilitate adoptions"...So how are security cameras going to save animals lives? This article also fails to mention the fact that rescue groups and people interested in adoptions can't get anyone to answer the phone at the AC&C. How are animals suppose to be adopted when no one answers the phone??? It's no wonder animal activists are upset and angry!! There is no reason why more people couldn't be heard at that board meeting. The AC&C could allow a few people in to talk and say what they wanted to say and then have them leave so another few people could come in to speak. But again the AC&C puts their hands up in the air and claims it's not their fault. Then what is the point of the board meeting??? The AC&C is not doing their job and hasn't been for a long time and it's about time they start being held accountable for their actions. No more turning the other way. No more passing the blame. It stops here and now. Make them responsible. See through their lies. Don't believe garbage articles like this, do your homework!

Kay Riviello
Kay Riviello

I provided a press release to the Village Voice stating that New York Animal Rights Alliance America was staging a PROTEST AND DEMONSTRATION against the NY ACC with a presentation of our PERSONAL DECLARATION signed by 300 people.  I was given the email for Ms. Philips and the fax number of 212 475 8544; did you not get it?  Did you wonder why so many people were wearing red?  The NY ACC has NEVER BEFORE had a protest outside of their Board Meeting as was organized by our organization.  And as promised in the Board meeting, we will have thousands of people rallied if our demands are not met to stop the killing of innocent defenseless dogs and cats among other demands.  THAT was the news.

Vanessas Cousin
Vanessas Cousin

Sorry Zoe the story was  poorly written. I think you meant well but to lable us as meer "pet lovers" is an insult. We are more than just "pet lovers" this is a movement for the rightful and ethical humane treatment of animals and for the misude of our tax dollars. You dont even need to own a pet to know the difference between right and wrong. I also have to emphasize that not all these animals are sick. Im not sure where you got that from. It goes much deeper than that. If you even took the time to see what it is you are writting about you would know that. Just go on one of the facebook pages for a day, Just one measly simple day and you would see the obvious. Jeez at least make an attempt. Ugh.

CMar
CMar

The truth is that NYCACC slaughters hundreds of healthy adoptable cats and dogs every week. Healthy animals sneeze and they get put on kill list in these filthy shelters (using that tern lightly). Do you know about the sick kitten who was neglected & not given medical attention-poor thing died in filth? NYC has one of the worse animal control systems in the country.

Jess
Jess

Zoe, I saw you outside the meeting and I'm quite disappointed that all you've managed to come up with is this dry, boring article describing what the ACC says v. what the rescues say, without taking a position of your own. It would have been much nicer had you actually checked the numbers and seen how many pets are euthanized by the ACC each day, sometimes just three days after they arrive at the shelter.  This article of yours is not exactly a piece of fine journalism. Try harder next time.

Shannon Maher
Shannon Maher

 The Dogs and Cats at this shelter ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED FOR SPACE,  It is time for Julie Banks to step down, if you follow her history you can clearly see wherever she goes she brings DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS AND DEATH.  It is not leveled by Emily, the deplorable conditions at this "SHELTER"  and I use that term as a  joke!  have been going on for longer then any one wishes to imagine.  They deem a dog"SICK" "DISEASED" or"TEMPER"  so they can kill them without adding to their ADOPTABLE EUTHANSIA STATS !!!  Thats is the truth.  Thats right they "ADOPT"  whatever percentage they have chosen to allow you to believe . Yet when you look at the ridiculous amounts of dogs on the death list THEY ALL HAVE KENNEL COUGH .... A vaccination is made to prevent kennel cough which is nothing more then the average HUMAN COLD!  Do they VACCINATE AT INTAKE???  NO!  WHY??  Oh thats right because that would make the dog HEALTHY AND ADOPTABLE!!  Until these halfwits running this shelter are removed and replaced with people that even so much as REMOTELY CARE ABOUT ANIMALS  this shelter will conitue to be the slaughterhouse it really is.

Rachel Berardinelli
Rachel Berardinelli

You should mention that there is a room in that same building that is utilized for staff meetings for the ACC and holds up to 200 people, but they did not want to move the meeting yesterday. And actually your article makes the ACC sound even worse, because around 3:30 we were told to line up in single file in preparation of being brought inside. But according to your article, the Executive Board had known all along that only a few would get allowed inside on a first-come, first-serve basis. So why force us to line up in a single file and act as if we were given an opportunity, when they knew full well that there was no opportunity?

Your article also is misleading because you say that the ACC euthanizes sick animals.We had pictures of the healthy dogs and cats that are killed because the ACC can't be bothered to treat kennel cough with 10 days of antibiotics. Kennel cough does not justify a killing. In fact there have been many dogs that were close to completing treatment, but the ACC decided to kill it anyway. You should read the plea lists. A bulk of them are missing valuable information (such as behavior evaluation). 

The ACC, according to law, must keep their meetings open to the public. They are on notice now that the next meeting should be of equal size or larger. Perhaps this time they truly did not realize the amount of people who would show up. But they cannot use this excuse next time. We will see what happens.

PittieLover
PittieLover

I think you need to do some more research into the ACC before you go defending them.

Kay Smith
Kay Smith

 Zoe, I am not happy with this piece at all.  Were you rushed to finish?  Here is another take on the Board Meeting, and I hope you read it. THIS reporter took the time to speak to people that were actually there.  He quoted some speakers and stated FACTS. A very well written article: https://www.newyorkcompanion.c...

Marina Guvenc
Marina Guvenc

Zoe, I gave you my email address so you could run the "facts" by me before publishing the story.  I could tell you were overwhelmed.The animals scheduled to be killed (euthanized) are not sick pets.  They are have many labels and are being killed for space, not for the reasons listed.  This is not a joking matter.  Why don't you follow the two pages for a while and see how you feel about this in a few weeks.  You may want to run a very different story.

Bill1fan
Bill1fan

I am proud of the New Yorkers who showed up to speak for those with no voice. I am proud of those who are calling for civility in this protest. We need to keep our reputation in tact to make sure we stay credible. I don't like how this article refers to the opposition of the ACC as "pet lovers." Most of us do indeed love our pets. But this movement is beyond just a love for pets. It is a common sense movement questioning the accountability of those in charge of handling the homeless pet population and the responsibility they have to the humane care of the animals in their shelter as well as to the taxpayers who pay their salaries

Lisa Donadio
Lisa Donadio

This shelter is deplorable and needs to be reformed immediately.  The fact that the public is being kept out of the meetings just reinforces that.  I am glad to see this issue getting some news.

tspacey13
tspacey13

They could have easily held the meeting in a larger room. The photos being released from these facilities depicting the conditions that the animals are subjected to are appalling to say the least.  Something must be done about this ASAP.

Joann
Joann

FF - I couldn't help but respond to your thoughts about that emaciated pit. I recently got a foster from CACC that had come into the shelter emaciated to begin with. So - do you think she gained weight while there? Actually, by the time I got her, less than a week later, she was down to 14 lbs (from 18 lbs on intake)...oh, and she was severely dehydrated, too. Per her notes it said that she needed to be fed 3X's a day... Within 2 weeks at my house, she gained 20 lbs. Coincidence? Or could it be that the horror stories about this place NOT feeding or watering their animals for days is true?????

Carolm8585
Carolm8585

I'm sorry but her article was not well-written and it made me believe that the author does not care for animals at all.  Referring to us as "dog people" and "pet lovers" justifies that statement.  If the author had bothered to go to Urgent 2's page, she might understand where we are coming from.  She should have been on that page when the elderly grandmother's dog escaped the house, was brought to ACC by a mother and her daughter, and the dog was killed the next day without the ACC checking the lost dog listings so that this animal could be returned to its elderly owner.  The owner was heartbroken when she found out her beloved pet had been murdered. the ACC tried to justify its actions by saying the dog was very sick and unable to walk upon admission.  However, the mother and daughter who brought the dog in told the true story - the dog was healthy and walked into the shelter as a normal, healthy dog. 

Guest - you should go to Urgent 2's page and see for yourself.  See the desperation of all the people working tirelessly to share and crosspost these hapless animals in hope of finding forever, good, loving homes for the dogs who have had horrible lives up to this point.  Go see the frustration of rescues and adopters alike, as they call the ACC over and over and over - to no avail because they refuse to answer the phones.  And sometimes it doesn't even matter if they do - do many times a rescue has called in a pull for a dog, or an adopter said they would be there after work for a dog, and when they get there, the dog was dead.

Maybe this can clarify our frustration - someone defending the ACC without examining the other side of the picture.

Marina Guvenc
Marina Guvenc

Media is the most powerful tool there is.  Don't disregard it as a "poor girl."  The article did not have to take our side.  It could have shown both sides.  But instead it was just inaccurate and disrespectful.

Luvonda2001
Luvonda2001

ONE SHOULD ALWAYS GET THE FACTS BEFORE WRITING AN ARTICLE . . . THIS POSTER DID NOT . . . Apparently this poster takes her ques from the LSM 

Shal22mac
Shal22mac

I agree that it's bogus about the lack of funds for communication. All employees of the shelter should have in their job descriptions 'answer phones.' That's the first priority, period. Budget cut is NOT an excuse, and they want to put a voice message system in instead? That means NO ONE would ever get through. Shelter workers: That's your job to answer phones, like it or not, not picking it up then hanging up to make it stop ringing. If you were in any other public service business, you'd be fired for not doing your job. And where did the $85,000 in over-the-counter donations go? In employees' pockets, I'll bet, because it sure didn't go toward buying food and supplies for the animals. Another report yesterday said supplies had run out because they hadn't been ordered (that should be a weekly standing order) like litter boxes, brown paper, litter, food or whatever comes under that heading. Money was somehow found to bring in a 20ft. freezer but they can't buy cat/ kitten food and throw dog kibble in front of the cats who won't eat it. Animals are not getting fed or watered properly, not walked, cages not cleaned and/or sterilized. Total neglect. State agencies should be aware of this place. If this was a restaurant, nursing home, hospital or vet clinic, they'd be shut down for malpractice and unsanitary conditions. They need to revoke their medication license to not issue them any more euth drugs. And get this place cleaned up.

Zso
Zso

Marina:  "Sick animals," in this context, refers to animals declared sick (or ill-tempered) by the NYCAC&C and put on the euthanize list. Thanks for pointing out the clarification.

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