From Elizabeth Forel -
The Coalition for New York City Animals
We are asking Mayor Bloomberg to reform the CACC -
although there have been problems with tthis quasi-city agency since its
inception in 1995, this new initiative comes on the heels of a very
damaging NYC Comptroller's performance audit report of the CACC.
If you have not already done so, please sign the Reform
CACC Now petition on line. Besides New Yorkers, people from at least 7-8
different countries, including, Canada, England, Bermuda, Austraila,
Turkey, Germany, Netherlands - and almost every state in the US have
signed. In addition, some of the well known people who have signed
include Assemblyman Scott Stringer, former Councilmember Kathryn Freed,
Kevin Nealon, Grant Aleksander and Peter Max.
You do not have to include your street address, only
your name and city/state. Your e-mail address will not be made public.
Mayor Bloomberg and our NYC Council members will not know that New
Yorkers want change unless we stand up and be counted. It only takes a
few minutes. The animals are counting on you. Out of state residents are
invited to sign also.
You can also send a letter to the mayor - see e-mail
below from Barbara Stagno at In Defense of Animals (IDA) - <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
***Horrible conditions exposed at NYC animal shelters -
Immediate calls/letters needed to the Mayor's office.
In a June 6 report released by the NYC Comptroller's
office, overwhelming evidence of animal mistreatment was documented
throughout the city's animal shelter system, known as the Center for
Animal Care & Control. (CACC).
The report confirms what previous investigations have
revealed, including (but not limited to):
* animals left in soiled cages or without water
* large numbers of animals euthanized needlessly, carelessly or in error
* poor and inadequate efforts to promote adoptions
* poor veterinary care.
* dogs, rarely, if ever, exercised
* sick and contagious animals housed in the same wards as healthy
* animals subjected to abuse and neglect. (The audit found 13 instances
of animal mistreatment.) [More information continues at bottom].
Immediate calls and letters are needed to the Mayor's
office to request that he take appropriate action and overhaul the
CACC's upper management. This situation CANNOT continue.
Contact: Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Send a copy of your letter to Dr.Thomas Frieden,
Commissioner Dept of
Health, which oversees the CACC.
If you phone, ask to leave a message for the mayor. You
will be connected to a message line where you can leave a voice message.
The messages will be transcribed and delivered to him. Please keep your
message to the point; it will be given greater consideration.
It would also be good for calls and letters of thanks go
to the NYC Comptroller's Office for providing this vital audit:
William C. Thompson, Jr, NYC Comptroller
All calls, faxes and emails should emphasize that
THERE'S NO EXCUSE for these problems having persisted for so long. The
current shelter director must be ousted and replaced with qualified
leadership. If you live outside the city, stress that you will think
twice about visiting NYC until this problem is properly addressed, once
and for all.
In 2001, over 43,000 animals were killed at the CACC.
This is in keeping with its horrible record of animals killed from
Since its inception in 1995, the CACC has been fraught
with the same problems. Never in its tragic, seven-year history has this
shelter been managed by a qualified director. The current director had
no background or experience in shelter management when she was appointed
to this job. It's time to hire a qualified person to run the CACC. The
animals of NYC must not suffer any longer.
With an $8 million budget, this is not simply a funding
problem. There are many ways that the CACC can be improved immediately
that need not cost the city additional funds. The current mismanaged
shelter system only wastes the city's limited resources and causes
animals to suffer needlessly.
According to the Comptroller's report, the full extent
of the problems at the CACC could not be determined because of CACC's
"obstructive tactics" and resistance to share its records with auditors.
You can access the full 144 page report at the
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