An injured cat in pain. The shelter refused to
give the cat pain medication. It told rescue
groups they had one day to save her or they
would put her to death.
Warning: This story contains a very graphic photograph.
Less than a month after the ASPCA and the Mayor’s Alliance succeeded in killing Oreo’s Law, New York City Animal Care & Control (ACC) has announced that it will not allow any new rescue groups to save the lives of animals until a new rescue policy is finalized at the end of August. Oreo’s Law sought to make such conduct illegal. According to rescue groups in New York City, the city pound “has suspended all new rescues that were recently approved.” These allegations were confirmed by e-mails obtained from ACC’s rescue coordinator.
The refusal to work with these groups is already costing the animals their lives. While groups like the ASPCA and Mayor’s Alliance claim that New York City is saving all healthy animals, the pound has contradicted those false assertions, killing hundreds in the process while stating “an overpopulation of adoptable animals requires us to humanely euthanize animals,” even as they are turning away rescue groups for the next two months.
This dog ate half of his own tail because the NYC
animal control shelter failed to provide needed
care for his injury.
And it gets worse. In addition to claiming they do not have enough food to feed the animals right down the street from the nation’s wealthiest SPCA (the ASPCA took in over $120,000,000 in one year alone), cats and kittens in the “maternity wards” are left without food or water, animals are left wallowing in their own waste, animals are not getting any socialization, and sick animals are not getting the care they need. In fact, the shelter is withholding pain medications from injured animals. Internal documents show a dog who chewed off half his own tail because of substandard care.
Hundreds of millions of dollars flow into the coffers of New York City's large "animal protection" organizations, including the ASPCA. Yet the neediest animals in New York City’s badly mismanaged pound:
- go without basic care;
- languish in filth;
- are being denied needed medical treatment;
- healthy and treatable animals are put to death; and,
- the shelter has warned it is running out of food to feed them.
One of three kittens sent to the neglectful pound from
the wealthy ASPCA. The ASPCA took in over
$120,000,000 in one year alone yet sent these kittens
to the pound rather than provide care itself.
And those who want to do something about it are prevented from doing so: rescue groups are being turned away, volunteers are being banned from the shelter, and anyone who expresses concern about conditions is summarily terminated. On top of that, the pound has decided to renovate their kennels during the busiest time of year, cutting capacity, resulting in even more deaths. According to a July 1 e-mail obtained from ACC’s rescue coordinator:
The contractors are going to start work shortly on the final phase on the project, which involves replacing the floors in a significant portion of the building. We are excited for the many improvements that help make the shelter a better place, although the final phases of construction will pose challenges in addition those normally brought on by kitten season. Work on the floors is set to start Tuesday July 6th, and will be done in phases that have been carefully considered to have the least impact on our operations as possible. However, we will have to make adjustments for housing the dogs and cats and our housing capacity will be temporarily reduced until the project is complete. The work plan will initially impact our dog housing capacity, following by cat housing capacity, until the project is finished…
The whole thing is an unbelievable, tragic, reprehensible betrayal of the animals.
The ASPCA’s response, in fact, has been to send even more animals to the pound to be killed, rather than provide the care itself. Three kittens were threatened with killing at the city pound for being underweight and dehydrated. And they came from the ASPCA. Despite taking in $30,000,000 a year just from its “Angel” commercial featuring Sarah McLachlan where the ASPCA promises to come to animals in need, they sent these kittens to a high kill shelter where they faced death. Because the pound kills even healthy animals, it would not commit to saving these kittens. Consequently, they have asked the rescue community to save them–the very same rescue community the ASPCA accuses of being hoarders in disguise that cannot be trusted, their basis for opposing Oreo’s Law. It turns out that it is the large groups and shelters in New York City that are the true hoarders–of money, of power, and for keeping animals in squalid conditions.
The ASPCA, Mayor’s Alliance, and other large organizations may love New York, because it has made them incredibly wealthy. But the homeless animals of that city do not. For them, the “shelter” system is little more than a neglectful, abusive, mismanaged house of horrors.