Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Animal Care and Control?


From Eyewitness News:

There's new controversy surrounding the city-contracted animal shelter, Animal Care and Control.

Eyewitness News recently reported on allegations of widespread neglect, and now, there is evidence that adoptable animals are being killed on a daily basis because of overcrowding and budget cuts by the City's Department of Health.

Kimmie the cat was just hours away from being killed, and her litter of unborn kittens was scheduled to die with her.

Thankfully, Darcy Baia of Mahopac, New York came to their rescue.

"So you took her to the vet, and the vet said?" Eyewitness News Investigative reporter Sarah Wallace asked.

"The vet said she's perfectly healthy," Baia said.

Kimmie, a stray, had ended up on the euthanasia list at New York City's Animal Care and Control, a nonprofit charity, contracted by the Department of Health to operate three shelters, in Harlem, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

"She was sneezing and had a cold and they kill for that. They were going to kill her and her babies and she was full term," Baia said.

Animals are routinely killed for upper respiratory infections that they often get in the shelter.

They're fine when they arrive.


There's a Facebook Group dedicated to saving condemned animals.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

These people are paid sadists. The system needs to be overhauled. ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Maspeth Mom says...

These are independent contrators paid by the city. They are looking to get the most out of their fee. SO they kill, kill, kill. No discretion, no caring, and no rationale, and most importantly NO CARING. Funds are just handed over to a bunch of money hungry people. This is a disgrace of "BLOOMBERGIAN" proportions. This nonsense has to stop. Are we truly a Civilized nation when we cant figure out how to control the animal population with out killing them?!!!!

CntrySigns said...

I've adopted all my animals from there for years and never had a problem. I also know one of their home care fosters who is very caring and loving to all his animals.
Lets just do a little math. If you have 100 cages and 200 animals whats gonna happen?? 100 of the less desirable animals will try and be put in other facilities, maybe 50 will be taken in by rescue no-kill shelters the other 50 will be euthanized. Its heart breaking but when you have city-time stealing billions from the city and then the city cuts AC&C budget by over a million why are you blaming AC&C? They have only a third of the volunteers they used to. Why don't you go and give them some of your time to walk and clean up after the animals before you say they are not caring.

CntrySigns said...

I've adopted all my animals from there for years and never had a problem. I also know one of their home care fosters who is very caring and loving to all his animals.
Lets just do a little math. If you have 100 cages and 200 animals whats gonna happen?? 100 of the less desirable animals will try and be put in other facilities, maybe 50 will be taken in by rescue no-kill shelters the other 50 will be euthanized. Its heart breaking but when you have city-time stealing billions from the city and then the city cuts AC&C budget by over a million why are you blaming AC&C? They have only a third of the volunteers they used to. Why don't you go and give them some of your time to walk and clean up after the animals before you say they are not caring.

Sentoria said...

One of my friend volunteers there and I have adopted my cat from AC&C and he is the sweetest, most loving cat I've ever met. I plan on getting a dog from them. They are overcrowded, not have enough volunteers to care for these animals, it's heartbreaking.

Anonymous said...

Maspeth Mom says....

Country Signs you should re-read my post. Of course you dont have problems with the animals you have adopted because you are a caring and loving person to them.
My problem is with the fact that they get paid from NYC to take care of these animals but they take the easy way out and euthanize them, and just to clarify it; I am not talking about the paid shelter workers - I am talking about the shelter management/owners.