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.