Cats NY - Endicott shelter denies misusing euthanasia policy

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    Endicott shelter denies misusing euthanasia policy


    Accusations made in letter by facility's former officials



    12:12 AM, Jun. 9, 2012
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    ENDICOTT — Allegations that pet cats are being targeted by a local shelter for indiscriminate trapping, and that feral/stray cats are being euthanized against shelter policies are unfounded, shelter officials said.
    Officials at the Animal Care Council, a longtime cat adoption agency that runs a shelter in Endicott, responded Friday to a page-long letter mailed recently by former shelter officials and others accusing the board of having healthy cats euthanized.
    "ACC is an organization that depends solely on the donations from the community and it is a shame that such a hurtful letter has been put forth in order to attempt to stop our ability to help those who need our help," said Cyndi French, the ACC's board president.
    The letter includes the names of ACC founder and former board member, Ruth Biddle, along with 20 others, including a former shelter manager. Biddle did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
    But Barb De Feo, who signed the letter, stood by the allegations, saying healthy cats were being unnecessarily euthanized by the ACC.
    "They will euthanize a cat that doesn't seem adoptable to them," said De Feo, who worked as an adoptions counselor for seven or eight years before leaving the organization on April 26. De Feo said she left after she began questioning the board on animal and board policy.
    French vehemently denied the accusation that the ACC was euthanizing healthy cats.
    "Those cats that test positive (for feline leukemia,) are humanely euthanized; which is ACC policy," French said.
    Some of the other reasons for euthanasia are if an illness or injury in a cat is one that it is unlikely to recuperate from." The ACC is a "low kill" shelter, she said.
    The ACC responds to calls about stray and feral cats, and does not seek the situations on its own, French said. The people doing the trapping can distinguish a pet from a feral cat by its behavior and health. Trappers on calls routinely get descriptions of any pet cats in the area before capturing any cats, she said.
    Healthy feral cats are neutered and then released to homes and to properties that agree to take them and follow shelter policies, French said. One of the services offered by the ACC is a low-cost spay and neuter program for cat owners.
    The letter also raised a concern about the discovery of a dead cat in a dumpster behind the ACC. The letter said it was because the freezers at the shelter were already full of euthanized cats.
    "An informal investigation led to the discovery of three dead cats in one freezer and about a dozen in another," the letter stated. "This was less than two weeks after the freezers had been emptied of about 30 dead cats."
    French said the body of one cat was placed by a worker in the dumpster because its body was riddled with abscesses and the worker was concerned that the smell would be an issue if it were kept in a freezer before it was collected for cremation.
    The board president said the ACC has had a long-standing contract with a local crematorium that disposes of euthanized cats. However, she said there are rare occasions when the body of a cat is put into the ACC dumpster because of unforeseen circumstances.
    She said the practice isn't ideal, but it is legal under the state's Agriculture and Market law. French said the shelter will no longer dispose of any animals in a dumpster.
    Among the other accusations: the ACC was euthanizing a large number of cats. Shelter critics are people to withhold their support of the organization.
    "It is due to the high number of cats being euthanized and the questionable practices of the current board of directors that we are no longer supporting Animal Care Council in any way," the letter states.
    French said the ACC is not euthanizing more cats. They are taking more cats in than they have in the past, but every effort is being made to find homes for them, she said.
    "ACC is a 'low-kill' shelter as are most others," French said. "If, in fact, a shelter claims to be 'no-kill' it is either hoarding animals or not being truthful about its operations."
     
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    I know one of the volunteers that used to work there. They kicked her out because of the "outing" of this shelter.

    Some concerns are that the cats are being put down without a vet present and are being euthanized by persons not authorized to do so.

    They are supposed to trap feral cats, neuter/spay them and then release them. They are not doing that. They are killing them.

    They are dumping cats in the dumpsters.
     
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    Endicott is about 15min. away from me.

    The ACC is pretty much the only game in town as far as cats go here. They are over loaded.
     

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