9/27/12

Gentile to Farley: ACC Kills too many Adoptable Animals

Responding to news that controversial NYC Animal Care and Control Executive Director Julie Bank will resign next month after two years on the job, Council Member Vincent Gentile wrote a letter to Thomas Farley, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Chair of the NYC Animal Care and Control Board of Directors, blaming Bank for blockading animal rescue organizations, preventing animal adoptions, and euthanizing healthy, adoptable animals to relieve overcrowding in shelters.

With Bank's resignation, Gentile said, the city is at a crossroads.

Praising the work of the local animal rescue and advocacy community, Gentile said he understood its outrage and frustration at being blocked by ACC from pulling adoptable animals out of city shelters -- animals that are euthanized because ACC cannot place them.

Noting that Bank is the 11th executive director in the non-profit’s ACC's 18-year history, Gentile called for a "new vision" for ACC: a return to its original mission of promoting and protecting animal welfare.

Update:

According to an email blast on 9/30 from the local animal rescue community, State Assembly Member Mickey Kearns, from the Buffalo area, is seeking descriptions from rescuers and advocates of incidents they have witnessed of animals at ACC suffering or ill or euthanized simply because they were "too young" or "too old" to be adopted.

You can reach him by email at: kearnsm@assembly.state.ny.us; or use the form on his website: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michael-P-Kearns/contact/.

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