The Associated Press

Report: Boston’s Animal Shelter Under Investigation

BOSTON — Boston’s animal control director has been suspended and faces termination after the Animal Rescue League discovered what it called “disturbing” conditions at the city-run animal shelter.

The shelter’s manager and other employees remain at their posts for now as Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration waits for an assessment by the Animal Rescue League before taking additional action, The Boston Globe reported Friday.

The Animal Rescue League discovered the conditions at the shelter in the city’s Roslindale section last month. In its assessment, the league said one dog was gaunt, dehydrated, and had open sores on its body. Other animals howled incessantly. Cats lay on single sheets of wet newspaper. Shelves held out-of-date medication and old food.

Dozens of animals have been moved to other shelters, and all have been examined by veterinarians.

Mary Nee, president of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, called the conditions “very disturbing.”

“We very much felt the need to act,” she said.

The Walsh administration appointed John Meaney interim director of animal control. The suspended director could not be reached for comment.

Animals lived without bedding or toys, according to the Animal Rescue League. Dogs were drenched because it appeared they were not being removed when runs were hosed downs. Dogs labeled as “strays” were confined to kennels and were not walked on leashes.

The Animal Rescue League notified the city’s policy director, Joyce Linehan.

“It was dirty,” Linehan said. “I’m not a vet, but the animals seemed very anxious. They wouldn’t calm down. There were a couple that were cowering in their kennels. It was understaffed.”

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  • Sandra O’Brien

    can we please fire all these people and hose them down, what losers!

    • JJ

      I AGREE! FIRE ALL OF THESE ROTTEN, NO GOOD PEOPLE AT ONCE! THESE POOR, HOMELESS ANIMALS—HUNGRY, SAD, SCARED, UNLOVED, ABUSED– HAVE NOTHING—NOTHING AT ALL—AND FINALLY THEY FIND THEIR WAY TO AN ANIMAL SHELTER THAT IS SUPPOSED TO FEED, LOVE, REHABILITATE THEM–GIVE THEM A NEW LEASE ON LIFE AND WHAT DO THEY GET—MORE OF THE SAME! WHY? WHY? WHY? THE CITY OF BOSTON AND THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS AND ALL STATES AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY HAS TO DO MUCH MUCH MORE! A THOUSAND TIMES MORE! I GET ENVELOPES IN THE MAIL ALL OF THE TIME FROM ANIMAL ORGANIZATIONS, BECAUSE I DO LOVE ALL ANIMALS, BUT IS IT JUST UP TO MY SMALL, AFFORDABLE DONATIONS? WHY CAN’T THE GOVERMENT ALLOT FUNDS TO THESE SHELTERS? HAVE THEM REGULATED? WHAT’S WRONG WITH EVERYBODY?

  • scratchbaker

    This story is underreported. How were these conditions discovered? Who blew the whistle and to whom? When was this facility last visited/inspected and found satisfactory? How many staff are involved? How many animals were on-site when the neglect and abuse was discovered?

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