“Until we find them in forever homes, we have an obligation to provide safe conditions, adequate food and medical care to the thousands of animals that care for the city.”
More than 20,000 abandoned pets and strings are housed in the city’s contracted shelters – more than half have trouble breathing, some were given food and treated before their “best” date, and others painted and The audit was released on Wednesday, according to who lived in the kennel with dirty water.
The report found that during surprise inspections last year, about 60 percent of the 30 animals had respiratory illnesses from stress, congestion and air quality.
During unannounced inspections of approximately 800 animals at all three borough locations, 15 did not have clean water, 48 were in soiled kennel, and 63 were exhausted.
“It appeared that shelter operations staff were not consistently following the organization’s unwritten policy so that meal expiration dates could be checked every two weeks when ordering supplies,” according to the audit.
Auditors also received expired medicine bottles.
Many rooms in the shelter had high humidity levels, which endangered the health of animals by spreading bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The report found that peeling paint, cracks and roof repairs were also needed at about 40 percent of the locations.
Stringer recommended 21 steps centers should take into account for improvements, including installing a functional humidity monitor, adding a timeframe for repairs, and formalizing policies for discarding old food and medicine.
The city pays the controversial nonprofit animal care centers $ 20 million per year to operate three shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island, and two shelters in Queens and The Bronx. They raise dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, mice, reptiles and other organisms.
“Acc We work to serve the people and pets of New York City. From helping to keep families with their pets during the epidemic, to expanding our community of animal welfare advocates, we remain steadfast in our mission to end animal shelters in NYC. Agency spokesman Katie Hansen said.
A spokesperson for the city’s health department, which oversees the animal shelters, responded to the audit, claiming a 90 percent placement rate for the animals in their care.
“ACC is a national model in animal welfare, carrying over 30,000 animals each year, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the animals find a home of love in our city.”