The director of the Associated Humane Societies, which runs the pound in Newark, NJ, was charged with 16 counts of cruelty: 8 criminal and 8 civil. In August, among other things, Dept. of Health inspections found “animal carcasses stored outside the refrigeration unit, no veterinary staff, diseases spread by sick animals to healthy animals, excessive medical waste improperly disposed, animals euthanized before owners can reclaim them during the required seven-day period, dozens of feral cats jammed into death-cage conditions, and suffocating ventilation.” As if that is not enough, “Eleven violations were never fixed before the DOH's subsequent visits in September and October - a three-strikes-you're-out scenario if we ever heard one. Worse, the violations match what inspectors found in Newark in 2009 and 2011”: https://goo.gl/QeJBvE
In 2009, investigators found: insufficient ventilation, improper disinfection, carcasses piled up covered in flies, no isolation for sick dogs, improper shelter for cats , no veterinary care for sick animals, animals killed before the required 7 day holding period, and more. In 2011, investigators found similar conditions. In 2017, little has changed.
This is the same organization that wanted to seize custody of Patrick, an abused dog found in a trash chute, by removing him from his adoptive home with the veterinarians who saved him, in order to use him as a fundraising ploy. They even sued the city of Newark and the veterinarians, arguing that Patrick was not a dog worthy of a loving home, but “trademark registration number 23699” which is a “very valuable brand for commercial exploitation and fundraising.” They lost: https://goo.gl/LZZ8we
AHS is not so much a "shelter," as it is a poorly managed, abusive, house of horrors: https://goo.gl/FQurTG Newark should heed the editorial in the local newspaper, sever its contract, and join the modern No Kill movement: https://goo.gl/QeJBvE Photo: A dead dog, atop a pile of dead animals, is teeming with maggots and blood at the Associated Humane Societies in Newark, NJ in 2009. The white specks on the floor are maggots in