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Dear Animal Advocates, Concerned and Compassionate Friends,
There has been increasing public awareness vis-a-vis
the unacceptable conduct, management and performance of New York City's Center for Animal Care and Control. With the just released Comptroller's Report giving concrete evidence of what many already knew to be so, the facts and the truth can no longer be withheld from the public. The Mayor and city officials need to know that people everywhere, find this to be unconscionable and unacceptable.
The lives of innocent animals and the reputation of New York City are at stake!
We believe that this petition REFORM THE CACC NOW ! represents a clear and comprehensive statement of the many problems and issues; it attempts to address the concerns of animal advocates vis-a-vis the
conduct and performance of the CACC and demands reform and positive change of an egregious situation.
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and sign the petition and forward this email to as many individuals
and groups as possible. We cannot emphasize enough the importance
of your participation...each and every one of you!
The sponsors of this petition wish to thank you and the animals will certainly thank you too!
Zelda Penzel, People for the End of Animal Cruelty
Sandy Lewis, Friends of Animals/FoA
Barbara Stagno, In Defense of Animals/IDA
Elizabeth Forel, The Coalition for New York City
Sheila Schwartz, Humane Education Committee/HEC
Gary Kaskel, The Shelter Reform Action
Julie Van Ness, United Action for Animals/UAA
After one year of investigation, the NYC Comptroller's Performance
Audit report of the Center for Animal Care and Control has been issued to the public.
From Office of the Comptroller
PR02-06-038 Press Office
June 6, 2002 212-669-3747
THOMPSON AUDIT: CENTER FOR ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL FAILS TO PROVIDE
HUMANE CONDITIONS FOR ALL ANIMALS IN ITS SHELTERS
[To view Audit go to:
Unearths evidence of abuse, neglect and accidental
Encounters an "overall pattern of uncooperative
behavior" at CACC
Links failure to increase adoptions to inadequate public outreach,
limited off-site adoptions and discouragement of animal rescue
The Center for Animal Care and Control fails to provide humane
treatment to all of its animals and allows dogs and cats to be
"accidentally and needlessly euthanized," according to an audit released today by New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. The audit of CACC's shelter conditions and adoption efforts found "compelling evidence" of animal mistreatment: animals left in soiled cages or without water, animals needlessly euthanized, contagious animals housed with healthy ones, and examples of poor veterinary care
The Comptroller also noted the full extent of the problems could not be determined because of CACC's "obstructive tactics" and resistance to share its records with auditors.
"Throughout the audit, CACC imposed obstacles that prevented us from
conducting audit tests as we deemed necessary," Thompson said. "CACC
prevented us from obtaining a complete and accurate view of its
operations and from obtaining all of the information necessary to
develop a full set of constructive recommendations to help improve its operations."
CACC management and staff refused or delayed access to many documents
(such as personnel files, logbooks and disciplinary action notices) and prohibited employees from being interviewed unless management was present.
Additionally, only two of six members of CACC's Board of Directors
would speak with the Comptroller's Office.
"We were unable to interview employees, such as kennel attendants,
veterinarians, adoption counselors, who could have given us first-person observations," Thompson said.
"We were not able to review any managers' logbooks and notes-to-file at the Manhattan and Staten Island shelters. These are documents that would contain written accounts of incidents that occur at shelters, such as mistreatment of animals, accidental euthanasia, and of employees failing to perform their jobs properly."
The audit, which was performed in accordance with the Comptroller's
audit responsibilities set forth in the City Charter, examined conditions under which animals were sheltered at CACC facilities and
the level and success of CACC's animal adoption efforts from January 1, 1999 to June 30, 2001. Auditors visited CACC facilities 15 times between February and April 2001, examined available records and walked through the shelters and centers to evaluate conditions.
CACC has provided animal seizure, shelter and care services in New York City since January 1, 1995. During the year 2000, CACC's total budget was $8.3 million, all but $300,000 received from the City's Department of Health.
CACC operates three full-service shelters in Manhattan and Brooklyn and on Staten Island, and two receiving centers in the Bronx and Queens.
During the year 2000, 60,877 animals - including 55,376 cats and
dogs - entered into the CACC shelter system. Of that 60,877, 14,270 (23.4 percent) were adopted, 677 (1.1 percent) were reclaimed by owners, 722 (1.2 percent) were still in the shelters at year's end, and 41,203 (67.7 percent) were euthanized.
(Another 4,005 animals were in other categories, such as released to
freedom or dead on arrival.)