NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is calling for a complete overhaul of the city’s Animal Care and Control, calling the conditions at city shelters “shameful.”

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Stringer says he wants a total restructuring of the city’s AC&C program, saying current conditions are unsafe and unhealthy.

“We’ve seen shameful conditions at city shelters,” he said. “There have been reports of overcrowding, animals living in their own waste and, quite frankly, otherwise healthy animals being put down because they are given a strategy as to how we deal with animal control.”

“We should bring people onto a board that care about animals, that have fundraising expertise and understand strategies about animal care and to throw out this old model which is quite frankly, a national disgrace,” he added.

Stringer said what’s needed is a public partnership on the order of the Central Park Conservancy, with a new board of animal lovers and experienced fundraisers to raise money for better facilities and services.

“When Central Park was in a state of disrepair and neglect, a new Central Park Conservancy was founded in 1980, and today, because they were smart about putting people with real fundraising ability and park expertise, this conservancy pays 85 percent of the budget that’s raised independently of city funding,” Stringer said.

Stringer along with assembly members Linda Rosenthal and Micah Kellner and other animal advocates, are urging supporters to sign an online petition demanding changes to the AC&C. So far, the petition has received more than 2,200 signatures.

“It’s no secret that the New York City shelter system is broken,” said Kellner in a statement. “Not only are their facilities outdated and overcrowded, but with only one true full service shelter, they don’t even comply with the law. For the sake of saving thousands of innocent animals, it’s time to put animal care and control out of its misery.”

For more information or to sign the online petition, visit

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Comments (8)
  1. Concern says: raises 7.4 Million. ( raises 5.6 Million.

  2. Lindsey Haley says:

    where was the news when the ACC refused to let the public into a public meeting? Why isn’t the news calling out Julie Banks for her role in all this, and the other board members….who are all male? c’mon media!!!!

  3. Nick Name says:

    Priority must be given to neutering strays.
    I don’t know what the commentator (above) means about “Win back our love.” Shameless pandering to the snide, snraky nincompoops who just like to throw around gripes and complaints while at the same time doing nothing, themselves, to make things better.

  4. Time for change says:

    Cuddly and cute… but almost a non-issue as people have pointed out — given abuse of families with protective services (for pot smoking) and things like the horrible conditions for people in the subway stations with service cuts, no ventilating fans, no real handicapped access.

    Perhaps, all city animals should be licensed.

  5. Rich W says:

    Bloomberg is a clueless idiot. New York City is slowly disintegrating. The MTA is totally corrupt and should be investigated by the Feds. Keep raising tolls and sales tax and see what happens. Soon it won’t matter if there are jobs, because you won’t be able to afford to commute. I follow the economy and the markets daily. You want consumers to spend? LOWER the sales tax for cryin’ out loud. 9 perecent is egregious. Make it 6 percent. And they will make LESS money if they keep raising tolls because people will travel less. They are all FRIGGIN IDIOTS.
    Rich W

  6. Dee Light says:

    Creating more, modern shelters is something that could provide jobs in every borough. Now that the Mayor has proposed to help young Black and Latino youth train for jobs with his own money, he should get behind this ASAP and include anyone who’s under employed…come on Bloomberg, go out as the guy who reformed the way we treat animals in this country and win back our love!!!

  7. Eileen Tracey says:

    By the way, children & animals cost the City money, so they are expendable..

  8. Eileen Tracey says:

    While you’re at it, look into Child Protective Services.. Let’s see the same zeal for innocent children as well as innocent animals..CPS is as useless as Animal Control..
    Little Bloomie is more concerned about our diets & people smoking.. Let him & the rest of his CRONIES work one week at an animal shelter, to see first hand what goes on.. If animals & children were able to vote, you would see how fast changes would take place..The Politicians would be climbing over one another to pander to them..

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