Mayor Bloomberg, Julie Bank, Do You Sleep Well at Night?

RIP

So, adding insult to injury, Ebony, the pit-bull mix dog I that I reported earlier is now DEAD! Animal Care and Control (ACC) of New York MURDERED her. They let her lie in her own feces (your guess is as good as mine as to how long she had to lie there with her smelly feces near her face), and then they killed her today, in the afternoon.

She was an ADOPTABLE dog, In fact, someone was working to try to get her out at just around the time they killed her. Mayor Bloomberg, have you no shame? Can you sleep at night? You probably don’t even pay any attention to the slaughter that is happening in your own backyard. It’s the bottom line that counts.

And you, New Yorkers, why do you not do a thing about it? When I lived in New York, New Yorkers were known to be aloof people who could watch others being beaten in front of them and they would do nothing about it. I thought that this horrible reputation was a thing of the past. But no, people just don’t care.

But guess what? A few of us do care. A few of us cry for the loss of these lives that we never met. Tears are shed. Rest in peace Ebony. I’m sorry that humanity failed you.

And yes, let me tell you something else about ACC. They have a history of killing the wrong dog and do nothing about it. Just read this letter:

Night of the Living Dead Dog?!?

Monday, June 6, 2011 at 11:45pm

Dear Julie Bank,

We are a bit hurt you haven’t responded to our last letter to you. So, we’ve decided to make this a series of letters to you—you who say “it’s too painful” to go to the shelter. Well, if you won’t go, and your staff won’t go, someone should fill you in on current events, right?

This story takes place today at the Brooklyn shelter, where there have only been three sightings of you since you started at ACC. We’ll cut to the chase: your staff killed the wrong dog in Brooklyn today. A dog named Jan (A898091), a unique-looking 2 year-old Staffordshire mix, was on the list for Kennel Cough that she caught while in your substandard, understaffed facility. As you can see from the screenshot, Jan is labeled as being killed at 11:45AM today, June 6, 2011.

Due to copyright infringement, the screenshot is not shown.

Please note that the red circled portions state her location is a freezer….

Except she wasn’t. Jan is very much alive, and here are pictures of her sent by two concerned citizens who saw her this evening to prove it. Now the question we know all too well to ask is, What Dog Did You Kill In Her Place?

This dog looks very much alive!

This question should not come as a surprise to you Julie, because as you know, an employee named Shawn killed the wrong dog on two occasions last year. You and Dr. Stephanie Janezcko were informed in numerous emails that the same man was responsible, and you did nothing (we have the emails to prove it). You allowed this employee to continue performing “euthanasia”, and he was only fired months later for failing a drug test. This might be a good time to let you know that we received an email sent to you from a citizen of Harlem alleging drug use by your Manhattan shelter staff. You have not tested the staff members named in the email, and all the people mentioned work in the Medical department. Urgent will be publishing that email shortly, because you ignored it.

Palm

So Julie, will you be making a surprise trip to the Brooklyn shelter yourself to examine the freezer full of dogs and figure out who you killed by mistake? Will you do what any reputable organization would do and own up to your mistake? Remember the Afghanistan war hero dog recently killed by mistake by a shelter in Arizona? (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40214260/ns/health-pet_health/t/hero-dog-afghanistan-mistakenly-killed/). You might want to read that article for a PR lesson in how a shelter manager should react under these circumstances. We wouldn’t want you to repeat your recent network television performance and bitterly discourage adoptions. The last time the ACC killed the wrong dog by mistake, this page was only watched by a concerned few and your employees simply covered up the criminal malpractice. Now, the eyes of the nation’s shelter world are watching, as are newspapers and network news. We demand an investigation, and for the people responsible to be immediately fired. Perhaps you’ll even take it upon yourself to grace the Brooklyn shelter with your presence during the investigation. You might even try walking a dog, since their time is very limited, and clearly could be killed at any moment.

Sincerely,

Urgent

P.S. – For Jan’s original thread, see below. Julie, please make sure that the staff keeps Jan ALIVE. Remember, everyone is watching.

Jan

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=227938700552350&set=a.172404072772480.42595.152876678058553&type=1&theater

41 Responses to “Mayor Bloomberg, Julie Bank, Do You Sleep Well at Night?”

  • Dorrie Torp:

    Step down from your “job” and let someone else with a sense of responsibility do it. This is the most disgusting instance of human stupidity! God is watching everything that is done to his animals and I can tell you he is not happy!

  • Laura:

    You, Julie ARE being watched!!! You have no business running a shelter when you can’t even go there and perform the duties of your job!! You are a disgrace and your position is going to come tumbling down. And, if you don’t believe that we are watching, just keep doing what you are doing, which for the most part is NOTHING!!! I would give an arm and leg to have your job and I garantee you, I would be there all day every to make sure the employees are doing the job they are suppose to do and there would be no more “mistakes”!! Why, why, why, do you kill dogs that people show an interest in and want to adopt, rescue, or foster??? WHY?????

  • Pat Repka:

    WAKE UP NYC … This is how the animals are cared for at ACC … where are the ‘Animal Loving’ celebrities? NYC AC&C Manhattan … Ms. Julie Bank = DISGRACE • I’m told that 30 minutes after this photo was released, Ebony was euthanized; her last memory was laying in her own feces … Please note Web Memo vs. Temp Eval
    Intake date: 060311
    06/05/2011 WEB MEMO
    Ebony is a 4 yo female abandoned in front of the Manhattan shelter on 6/3/2011. Her owner was spotted running away after her misdeed……Ebony deserves better, so much better……. Ebony is a beautiful girl. She weights 55lbs, is healthy looking and her coat, sweet oreo, is just gorgeous. She has the cutest face! Ebony does not like her cage and one could think that she might be aggressive. Not at all ! Once she sees the leash, she sits and waits and off she goes. Ebony is quite good on the leash, very much housetrained and fine with dogs met. To the pushy ones(and the barking ones), she responds without a bark, with a high tail but a loose body. Ladies should not be aggressive but not wimps either. Ebony is a friendly character. She wiggels her body and wags her tail, showing her happiness at being walked and cared for. She gives little licks on the face. Ebony can sit on command and takes treats gently from the hand. She can be caressed all over and around the mouth while eating them. Ebony just seems like a very good friend, a very good pet to have around the house. Ebony is at the Manhattan shelter. She is waiting for her forever family.

    06/05/2011 BEHAVIOR EVALUATION – QUESTION
    Exam Type BEHAVIOR
    Look 1 :D ogs eyes are averted with soft body ,neutral tail wagging and ears back ,dog calmly allows her head to be held loosely in the assessors cupped hands Sensitivity 1 :D og stands still,accepts touch while soft in body with neutra tail and ears relaxed Tag 2 :D og is not fearful,but is unresponsive tothe assessor ,dog does not approach the assessor when coaxed after play,and remains focused on other stimuli in the room Squeeze 1 :D og gently pulls back her paw Squeeze 2 1 :D og gentl ypulls back her paw Food 5:Dog freezes while growling,then snaps at the assess a hand Toy 1 :No interest Rawhide 5 :D og drops the rawhide to bite the assess a hand Dog to dog 3 :Approaches the helper dog with tense body head high and ears forward Helper898829

    06/03/2011 INITIAL PHYSICAL EXAM

    Medical rating was 2 NC – MINOR CONDITIONS NOT CONTAGIOUS, behavior rating was MODERATE
    SCAN NEGATIVE BRIGHT, ALERT, RESPONSIVE, HYDRATED PHYSICAL EXAM- too tense mod tartar and staining intact female nosf

  • Claire Vosburgh:

    I dont live in NY but I am so disgusted. I just looked at Ebony’s picture earlier and wished I could adopt her. This ‘woman’ Julie…is a joke. I cant believe this has happened in another shelter, after what happened last year. I CREID my eyes out that day, and it has already started again. I need to know WHO to start emailing my outrage to. I WILL email each and every one daily or multiple times daily. It’s time for this to END…no, it’s WAY PAST time for this to end. And this woman ‘Julie’ needs to be fired. If she is not there is something fishy going on there.

  • Kasia:

    Julie Bank must go!!! We will no longer sit back and watch this daily slaughter take place!

  • MaryNYC:

    Yes, we are watching! We’ve had it UP TO HERE with this incompetence. Your days presiding at the slaughterhouse are numbered!

  • Kimberly:

    Julie ~ U are a disgrace of a Human ! I hope they accidentally
    euthanize u ~ You B***h ! These animals deserve better ~
    And the Low Lifes u have working there is another
    disgrace ~ You are all pieces of shit !!!

  • patricia:

    Julie ~ U are a disgrace of a Human ! I hope they accidentally
    euthanize u ~ You B***h ! These animals deserve better ~
    And the Low Lifes u have working there is another
    disgrace ~ You are all pieces of shit !!!

    I had to copy and paste Kimberly’s letter. Kimberly if you see this I hope u don’t mind. i couldn’t have said it any better. Well i could have but I would have been censored.

  • Denise Petrizzo:

    You need to face facts that you will face up to the cruelty at The ACC in NYC. As I always say Every Dog Gets Its Day. Miss Julie someday it will be yours!!!!

  • Kim Wyatt:

    Even though I am not a fan of pit bulls I would have been willing to adopt Ebony. I hope she rests in peace and that her past owner finds out what happened to her and it haunts her forever.

    Now I know why Animal Planet quit filming their “Animal Cop” shows in New York. I won’t support any shelter in New York at all, I used to support North Shore Animal League but they have been caught abusing the animals also.

  • Mary Ann Toy:

    I am outraged by all these innocent animals being murdered! The corruption and incompetence of NY ACC is so blatant and in your face that it will cause riots! Your Director Julie is a few screws off by saying on national TV that God tells her which animals die! Did the Mayor hire her out of Bellevue and she forgot to take her Thorazine? You gotta be kidding me! Where is all the money going…….certainly not to the animals because they lay in all their crap, they are abused, you never give them a chance ,then you slaughter them and throw them in a garbage pail!!!!!!! How dare you treat animals like this. Seems as if your the lowlifes. Animals are not disposable, but you are! Wake the hell up Mayor Bloomberg, are you fucking blind???? Well we are not and we fight you to the end to stop all these killings!!!!!!!!!! We are the animals voice………Fire the nut job you pay too much and hire someone who cares about our animals!!!!!!!!! Shame on you!

  • Lynne:

    Thoroughly disgusted as I read more and more tales of the horrendous conditions at this—and other—shelters. This is not a “shelter” a shelter is supposed to “afford protection” according to Webster’s. If these stories are true about the NYCACC, then Julie Banks must go because she is not only robbing the animals she is supposed to protect, she is robbing those who pay her salary.

  • Joan(JmBarber on FB):

    THis place is deplorable. Everytime I think of Ebony, I cry for her. She didn’t have to live like that, and she certainly didn’t have to die. My heart melted when I saw her photo and I instantly took action to fight for her release. They couldn’t take 5 minutes to talk to me until after they put her down. There is no reason for her to be in her own feces and I know it was there for a while. I’m tired of thier excuses and they need to improve this system.

  • I wish that I could say I don’t believe this. But I can’t. I wish no dog ever had to be put down. The ACC should be doing public education to encourage spay and neutering not employing alot of uncaring and from what I read possible drug using employees. I do agree that I don’t know how you sleep at night and that the people letting this continue are as guilty maybe all of you should be investigated for animal cruelty.

  • Temenuga:

    Sajaliavam 4e ne moga da go napisha na angliiski,no vse pak dano niakoi me razbere.Potresena sam ot popstapkite na tazi jena !Kakav e tozi priut !az si mislih ,4e samo tuk v Balgaria moje da se proiaviavat svoevolia spriamo jivotnite,no uvi iavno ne e taka.Ei hora ne ostaviaite beznakazno tova !
    To si e 4isto ubiistvo.Potarsete otgovornost ot tazi organizacia.Spored men tia i drugi kato neia ne triabva da sastestvuvat !Dolu !

  • Like everyone else, I am disgusted by the ACC’s actions and those complicit in them (Mayor Alliance, Bloomberg, ASPCA, etc) but to say that NY’ers are somehow worse people than the rest of the country is a lil insane – We dont have BSL laws – We don not support Sarah Palin – We rarely see UFO’s in the sky and we are not big NASCAR fans –

    Mind you, I am not saying NYrs are NOT jerks – I am just saying we are no different than anyone else

    And by stereotyping us, you are no better than those who support BSL legislation.

    Harris Bloom
    http://www.stewietotherescue.org
    http://www.harrisbloom.com

  • Susan:

    This is totally outrageous! It makes me sick just thinking about what is going on at this facility and to these poor animals. Why even publish these pictures, and make these animals available, when you’re going to just euthenize them anyways? It’s kind of like a carrot on a string. You dangle it out there and, when someone is even interested, you just yank it back in and don’t give a rats ass! Julie….when your time comes, I hope (1) you are treated the same way that you treat these furfriends and (2) God will kick you to the curb the same way you’ve been kicking these furfriends to the curb!!! Why are you even Director? That’s a joke! They had to have scraped the bottom of the barrel to get you and, even then, they failed miserably! Mayor Bloomburg, you should be ashamed of yourself for failing these furfriends. You’re just as much to blame as this woman. May God have mercy on your souls!!!! You’re both garbage, as far as I’m concerned!!!

  • Pamela Price:

    Send emails to Mayor Bloomberg and Gov.Cuomo.
    heard yesterday that Alec Baldwin is considering a run for the mayorship.I think he’s an advocate for animals.

  • lupi:

    there is a great note on Urgent’s FB page about who julie bank is. it is amazing that with her horrific past record of poor management of other shelter that she was hired in new york.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/notes/urgent-part-2/getting-to-know-julie-bank/229434243749785

    WHO WAS JULIE BANK? ~ By M Barth
    Most people working to save the lives of the animals held in the New York City Animal Care and Control system know the name of its Executive Director. Julie Bank. When it comes to shaping policies that affect the lives. . . and deaths of animals in ACC’s care, it’s always Bank’s call.

    Critics of her policies are convinced that the changes Bank has instituted have guaranteed the deaths of many more animals at the hands of the three NYC ACC shelters.

    During Bank’s fourteen months at NYCACC, animal advocates’ frustration and concern have grown as NYCACC policies morph in ways felt to be detrimental to shelter animals’ wellbeing, not to mention chances of leaving an NYCACC shelter alive.

    When we’re involved in the present moment and perhaps worrying about what lies ahead for animals in the care of NYCACC, it can be difficult to think about the past.

    What went on before Bank arrived to direct NYCACC? We often can think it unimportant to consider someone’s “before.”

    How might we fill in those blanks? Asking questions is a proven method. But not all “before”s are fair game.

    Could we ask “Where’d you work before you got here?” Pretty safe question, so, sure—ask away. Or “What did you do there?” Generally on the ok-to-ask list. But how about “What problems did you face there? And how did you solve them?” Maybe ok to ask when hell freezes over . . . but even then, watch your step.

    Understanding the impact of Bank’s choices as the Executive Director of NYCACC absolutely requires that we review Bank’s professional “before.”

    In 1841 British historian Thomas Babington Macaulay warned: “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.”

    True then . . . true now.

    Julie Bank Before NYCACC
    What in Bank’s background should cause her supervisor, the City’s Department of Health—and her board of directors—to stop and rethink her proposed and recently enacted ACC policies? Expectations of a board of directors should include foreseeing potential critical errors and proactively working to ensure that they’re not made.

    The following information may all be found in the public record. You decide whether Bank’s supervisor, the City’s Department of Health—and other higher ups should reconsider the direction in which NYCACC’s policies and actions appear to have been trending during the past fourteen months.

    For ten years (1988-1998), Bank worked for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for animals in New York City in shelter operations and adoptions. She served as their national director for their humane education programs. It might be useful to review the number of animals euthanized while under the care of the ASPCA.

    Bank then became the Director of Public Programs at the Arizona Humane Society (1998-2000).

    After two years at AHS, Bank took the position of Deputy Director for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, also in Arizona (2002-2006). There she managed public programs and their development. She also directed MCACC’s fund raising, PR, marketing, education, and volunteer and public programs.

    Here’s what one article discussing Bank’s record at Maricopa has to say:
    “Under [Ed Bok’s, Director--] tenure, the Maricopa pound slaughtered tens of thousands of animals a year, opened up a $600,000 a year structural deficit, and forced the agency into receivership. Volunteers were forced to walk dogs with ropes because the agency was not allowed to buy leashes, even while Bank was telling anyone who would listen that they were the most progressive adoption agency in the nation and on the verge of achieving No Kill (they never did better than a 50% save rate, less than the national average).”

    In 2006 Bank accepted the position of Executive Director at the North County Humane Society and SPCA in San Luis Obispo County, CA. During Bank’s tenure as NCHS Executive Director, the San Diego Humane Society assumed the control and management of the NCHS shelter, renaming it SDHS—North Campus. Bank was still there.

    Of greater interest is one crucial fact: The criteria SDHS used to rate an animal’s medical status is more harsh than the one NCHS had used. Under the new SDHS guidelines animals that NCHS would have rated as treatable and/or manageable would now be destroyed. Bank raised no objection.

    In his article, “ASPCA Chief’s Tenure Marked By Unconscionable Policies,” Nathan J. Winograd offers a number of startling revelations about what happened during Julie Bank’s tenure as Executive Director of NCHS.

    He reports that,
    “During the [Maricopa County Animal Control Director] Boks–Bank’s tenure, Maricopa County described itself as a national model for Animal Care & Control. Bank was not only part of executive team running the agency and making policy decisions, but she was responsible for selling it publicly, both locally and nationally, as its chief public information officer. Despite claiming to be “near No Kill,” the agency managed to reduce killing only about 10% over the Boks-Bank’s tenure together, declines exceeded by communities without a No Kill ambition. In the end, Maricopa still killed half of all animals, nearly 30,000 per year, never doing any better than the national average. But you wouldn’t know that from the public relations propaganda put out by Bank and her team at the time, which dishonestly claimed they were making tremendous progress and leading the agency toward a No Kill Maricopa County. Indeed, Maricopa County is nowhere near No Kill even today. “

    “In addition,” Winograd reports that, “an audit by the Maricopa County Office of Management & Budget discovered a nearly $600,000 structural deficit including no controls over money, expenditures on programs that were not approved, questions about lavish spending, and other financial irregularities during the Boks-Bank’s tenure. And while Bank was there, the agency was put into quasi-receivership to the point that the shelter was not allowed to make purchases (including leashes for the dogs) without OMB approval. Animal lovers were said to be walking dogs with ropes.”

    Among the readers’ comments posted beneath the Winograd article, one person contributed the following:

    My personal experience: I had taken pets on television for the NCHS (North County Humane Society–where Julie was Executive Director ) for approximately 7 years (for free, of course). After their recent merger with the San Diego Humane Society , three of the featured [NCHS] pets were transferred to the Gaines street (San Diego Humane Society) facility, where they were set to be euthanized. Unfortunately for them, the videos of the three dogs’ pet segments were still up on the internet, showing the dogs being lovable, kissing me, and according to their own shelter evaluations, a couple of the dogs had been approved to go to homes with children. Needless to say, the volunteers used the videos to get the dogs released to rescues (I believe one was euthanized), and Goldstein (president of San Diego Humane Society) immediately had the PR person from NCHS call me to say they would no longer allow NCHS pets to be featured on TV.

    You may be interested to know that, during Bank’s tenure as the Executive Directory of NYCACC, a number of ACC dogs have been showcased on TV segments as “very adoptable” pets . . . they were later euthanized.

    In April of 2010 Bank assumed the Executive Directorship of New York City Animal Care and Control.

    Bank’s education provides additional insight into her qualifications to head the NYCACC, the largest animal care and control system in the US:

    · Bank Street College of Education
    M Ed Museum Leadership, 2001
    · City University of New York-Brooklyn College
    BS Business Management and Finance, Business, 1990
    Professionally, that’s Julie Bank before arriving at NYCACC.
    Julie Bank Now At NYCACC
    Here’s a bit about Julie Bank now.

    The article “New Animal Care and Control Policy Muzzles Volunteers, Say Critics” posted May 21, 2010, on http://www.dnainfo.com, observes that
    “The [NYCACC] confirmed that it implemented a new volunteer policy in late August [2010] prohibiting anyone from posting material that casts it in a negative light either in public or on their personal web pages, in what some critics say is an effort to shut down criticisms of worsening conditions at area shelters.”

    “Officials at Animal Care and Control denied that they are trying to silence criticism. But a spokeswoman said they want volunteers to report problems to site administrators before posting anything online in order to make sure that issues are fixed, said Julie Bank, executive director of the non-profit.”

    “’This is not about whistleblowers, we are 100 percent on the same team with those folks,’ Bank said.”

    “She added that the new rules are designed to ensure that volunteers were better trained in caring for animals so that the organization can draw more helpers in the future, she said.”

    Quite interesting in light of the ACC’s recent May 13 firing of their New Hope Program Coordinator, Emily Tanen.

    More about Bank since coming to ACC.
    The New York Post’s recent May 31, 2011, article, “Doggie death row: Insiders condemn shelter,” reports that
    “Julie Bank, executive director of ACC, which also runs shelters in Brooklyn and Staten Island, dismissed criticisms about the shelter’s euthanasia practices as baseless, noting the organization rescues about 40,000 animals annually.”
    “’Last year, over 17,000 animals got out of our building alive,’ she said. ‘So the thought that we are not proactively trying to get the animals adopted is not accurate.’”

    What Bank forgot to calculate or at least chose not to report was who saved all those animals. In point of fact, thousands of the 17,000 animals who made it out alive did so thanks to the daily efforts of New York’s dedicated, tireless rescue groups and compassionate individuals.

    Each day rescue groups—some made up of many people, others with only one or two determined persons—identify and save as many dogs as possible, including ones scheduled to be put down the next morning.

    The number of animals NYCACC boasts of having saved would be very small indeed were it not for the people who rescue, foster and adopt those animals with no help on the part of NYCACC to do so. In fact, Julie Bank’s NYCACC is absent from these efforts.

    And here’s yet another example of Julie Bank now.
    Under Bank’s leadership volunteers who “volunteer” must now pay a fee to offer their voluntary services for free. Hmmmm. Where does that $25 per volunteer go? Surely “shelter volunteer t-shirts” are bought in bulk and thus cannot cost $25? Not even that. Those t-shirts were donated by Armani, thus costing NYCACC nothing. So where does the money go?

    What you’ve read so far simply reflects Bank’s record before assuming the leadership of NYACC and her actions since joining NYCACC in April of 2010.

    Draw your own conclusions.

  • Edith S Baker:

    I don’t think that I said that they are worse. But I am saying that they are not doing a thing about the deplorable conditions of their animal shelter. NYC is supposed to be the Mecca for civilization. They are certainly barbaric in how their animals are treated. I can understand that, because NYC has a large population, consequently it will have a large animal population. What I don’t understand is that they hide and create obstacles for anyone who wants to alleviate the load. The mere fact that
    1. the list of animals that are to be destroyed is not distributed to allow other noncrowded shelters to take up the slack,
    2. the list that does get out, doesn’t get out till 5 pm and by 8 am, the destruction of the population begins
    3. the main telephone is not published,
    4. the staff does not pick up the phone,
    5. the animals are not given food or water in the facilities
    6. many animals are inside their cages for over 20 hours, making it impossible for the poor animal to live in a clean unsoiled cage,
    7. the animals are declared too ill when all they have is kennel cough, a treatable bacterial disease they picked by living under the horrendous conditions at the shelter itself,
    8. the testing of animals is lowered to allow to declared an animal not worthy of adoption, etc.

    I could go on and on with all the horrible conditions in the shelter system. All these facts tell me one thing, the people who live in NYC and their mayor don’t care about those who have no voice.

  • Tracye:

    Mayor Bloomberg is too busy visiting and all of the ENJOYABLE PLACES OF HIS NEW YORK NEW YORK like the BASEBALL GAMES having a GRAND OLD TIME while adoptable dogs that are enprisoned in his cages are being murdered. I think he and Julie probably get very very good sleep at night because THEY ARE JUST ” SO WRONG ” . Poor excuses for humans they are both

  • Tracye:

    Mayor Bloomberg is too busy visiting and all of the ENJOYABLE PLACES OF HIS NEW YORK NEW YORK like the BASEBALL GAMES having a GRAND OLD TIME while adoptable dogs that are enprisoned in his cages are being murdered. I think he and Julie probably get very very good sleep at night because THEY ARE JUST \" SO WRONG \" . Poor excuses for humans they are both

  • Well Mayor, do you feel the peoples disgust in you and a system that you have allowed to continue to perform one atrocity after another with no regard. I wrote your office via email, I am writing everyone and anyone who will listen regarding the handling of these creatures that are killed with no regard whatsoever. You appall me, I needn’t tell you once again that those in charge of you ACC are vile, heartless, disgusting people. You walk with no soul or conscience apparently. Why don’t you ” man up ” do it something about this situation instead of doing NOTHING.

    I hate to think how your cities facilities treat the elderly in New York regarding Elder care, or children, cause you certainly don’t give a rats ass about animals rights. You should be the voice for all of them – 2 and 4 legged. SHAME ON YOU. MAY KARMA PAY YOU BACK TENFOLD THIS LIFE.

    So very sincerely,

    Patricia Burrier

  • tracey scott:

    i live in the UK and am appauled at how these dogs are treated in New York. i think prisoners should be put in charge of the kennels as I am sure they would enjoy looking after dogs. i believe this is the case somewhere else in the USA. This situation should never be allowed.

  • Christina G:

    I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of NYC ACC, Julie Bank, and Mayor Bloomberg.

    But I take great exception to your comment that New Yorkers don’t care. I am a lifelong New Yorker who considers herself both well educated & up to date on current events. But until this past year, I had no idea of the atrocities taking place at this so- called shelter. We’ve been fed a load of bs about organizations like ASPCA, HSUS, and even the rules governing Maddie’s Fund (ACC has found a way around those conveniently). My fellow New Yorkers need to be educated as to the ACC situation and there are a great many of us actively spreading the word as much as possible and also trying to make noise demanding reform.

    I’m sorry you experienced apathy when you lived here, but please don’t generalize about New Yorkers. We care and we will continue to do what’s necessary to enact a positive change.

    For those interested, there is a meeting of the ACC board members open to the public on Tuesday, June 21 at 2pm, 125 Worth St 3rd Fl, NYC. Join New York Animal Rights Alliance America there; be a voice for NYC ACC victims. Wear a red shirt to represent the blood of those wrongly killed.

    Oh and thanks for this post. Keep making noise.

  • Christina G:

    I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of NYC ACC, Julie Bank, and Mayor Bloomberg.

    But I take great exception to your comment that New Yorkers don\’t care. I am a lifelong New Yorker who considers herself both well educated & up to date on current events. But until this past year, I had no idea of the atrocities taking place at this so- called shelter. We\’ve been fed a load of bs about organizations like ASPCA, HSUS, and even the rules governing Maddie\’s Fund (ACC has found a way around those conveniently). My fellow New Yorkers need to be educated as to the ACC situation and there are a great many of us actively spreading the word as much as possible and also trying to make noise demanding reform.

    I\’m sorry you experienced apathy when you lived here, but please don\’t generalize about New Yorkers. We care and we will continue to do what\’s necessary to enact a positive change.

    For those interested, there is a meeting of the ACC board members open to the public on Tuesday, June 21 at 2pm, 125 Worth St 3rd Fl, NYC. Join New York Animal Rights Alliance America there; be a voice for NYC ACC victims. Wear a red shirt to represent the blood of those wrongly killed.

    Oh and thanks for this post. Keep making noise.

  • I see a lot of people pointing fingers , but no one liftting a Hand ,, Yes it is Horrific when any living creature must suffer ,especily from NEGLIGENCE .. Why don’t one of you who know what is the whole story go to :
    CARE2 Make A Difference and start a petition to make some changes in the system … join the largest online community of people making a difference in healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare.
    Talk and Tears are free , But your Name on a petition carries a lot of weight … CARE2 MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  • Edith S Baker:

    Well, this author has been proactive. There are petitions, FB pages, adoption requests, all sorts of things on Facebook. There are rallys and peaceful demonstrations. But there’s a need for public awareness as well. Right now, the mayor and Julie Bank are hiding and able to hide because few people know. But the word will get out. Unfortunately, it will cost a few lives.

  • Joy Watts:

    Well, New Yorkers, you certainly are living up to your reputation of being self-centered, uncaring and irresponsible. Get with it and clean up your appalling animal welfare situation! People all over this country are trying desperately to find homes for these poor animals before they are condemned by your inept shelter system. This is YOUR responsibility, take charge and make the necessary changes to improve the chances for these pets to be rescued.

  • Maria R.:

    I too take offense to the comments about New Yorkers. I am a lifetime animal saver and lover. I have sheltered and re-homed (and kept way too many) unwanted pets my whole life. And I know many others just like myself. We make noise and cry just like the rest of you and I don’t appreciate finger pointing and name calling. Thank you for the info Christina G. I will definitely be there. Peace to you all.

  • Chrissy b:

    This is disgusting. Julie Bank is incompetent and should be fired. Mayor Bloomberg is too busy buying million dollar show horses for his daughter to be paying attention to what goes on in city run facilities.

  • Peter Kahigian:

    Hey Julie Bank and that fuckin idiot mayor Bloomberg and the rest of the degenerates of the ACC, let me stick a needle in each of you and put an end to your miserable, pathetic existence on this earth as you do to these poor undeserving dogs. Lord knows, you are far more of a danger than they ever were. You worthless pieces of shit!

  • Christine Harris:

    I would take great joy in strapping you down to a cold metal table, tightening a tourniquet around both of your arms and administering a fatal amount of euthanasia 1cc at a time, then pulling the tourniquets off both at the same time. I think you’re a lying pig. The hell of it is this; I’m sure if all the dogs you heartlessly put down were in the same room, they’d try to save YOU. Too bad most humans wouldn’t do the same to help you out.

  • Christine Harris:

    I would take great joy in strapping you down to a cold metal table, tightening a tourniquet around both of your arms and administering a fatal amount of euthanasia 1cc at a time, then pulling the tourniquets off both at the same time. I think you\’re a lying pig. The hell of it is this; I\’m sure if all the dogs you heartlessly put down were in the same room, they\’d try to save YOU. Too bad most humans wouldn\’t do the same to help you out.

  • Petra:

    Julie Bank. And everyone at ACC. I do not live in the state of New York. There is outrage spilling into all of the energy that flows to find it’s way to you. Keep in mind, there are people that are very willing to do everything in their power to bring down the vile and corrupt. We will go underground. We will surround you in plain sight. We will make your life a living hell, as you have done with these animals that should have been protected. Not exploited. Neglected. We take animals rights incredibly personal. We will fight fire with fire. We will risk what we deem necessary to protect the innocent. Know that you have a mortal enemy a few states away. Know that we will band together. And we will watch you crumble, from the inside out. Enjoy your fear.

  • Peter Kahigian:

    Petra,

    Count me in. I also do not live in New York and like yourself, am only a couple of states away. God, do I despise these pieces of crap that pass themselves off as human beings.

  • Dorothy:

    I dont live any where near NYC. I live in Utah. Shame on you !! your antics have been heard about out clear out here and believe me I will spread the word about the atrocious conditions you keep your animals, your greed and your henious attitude and your lack of compassion. Frankly, I belive when you are convicted you sentence should be to have to sit in the euthanization portion of your shelter and have to be with each animal as it is being euthanized all day every day and if your not busy with that you should have to clean kennels and cages. Any thing that would rub your disgusting nose in your own calousness

  • Linda Kinsman-Saegert:

    How do I send a letter to Julie Banks? Where is her Office? This can’t go on. Do they only kill Pits or is that just a common thread?

  • Booth Bender:

    Mayor Bloomberg, Your attention in reviewing Julie Banks and her leadership at the Centers for Animal Care and Control is immediately required. I have read that not only does this $120,000 a year employee thwart rather than promote adoptions of viable pets but that she is totally INEPT with a CRIMINAL RECORD. Your important probing evaluation of Ms.Banks and her policies will immeasurably help NYC\’s homeless hopeful animals. We are in the 21st century and innocent voiceless animals deserve better. Save Ms. Bank\’s salary and give/divide her job to volunteer Heads of Local Animal Rescue Groups who have PROVEN THEIR LOVE AND ADVOCACY for animals. New York City should have the FINEST ANIMAL SHELTERS in the county with compassionate care and an exemplary adoption record. NYC\’s shelters should be ZENITH MODELS for nationwide shelters to emulate. Secure employment for Ms. Banks at a SLAUGHTERHOUSE for which she seems eminently suited.

  • Izzy b:

    I am on the west coast, and have been watching and reading what’s going on at this hell hole. I can’t believe how some people get the positions that they have and not even have the courage to walk into the shelter because its too sad? While she probably lives in a very nice home that is being paid for in blood. I used to watch animal precinct and they filmed a lot in NY, how come they aren’t knocking on your door? I would love to interview you…

  • Mayor Bloomberg .
    Being a Member of the !% and treating the Animals of NY like this
    Is typical of a Man ~ Too Rich ~Too Busy ~Too Controlling
    Your Napoleonic Complex, has hit an ~All Time High
    Your Compassion Index ~~ An All Time Low !
    You should be doling out Money ~FROM YOUR POCKETS ~~
    FOR OUR HOMELESS ~ANIMAL AND HUMAN !!
    Being Jewish ~~You ACT LIKE ADOLF HITLER ~
    SENDING POOR INNOCENT ANIMALS TO THEIR DEATHS `EACH DAY ~
    HAVE YOU NO CONSCIENCE ?
    STICK TO BEVERAGE SIZE [WHICH i DONT AGREE WITH ]
    AND THE ACCESSING OF LINT IN YOUR NAVEL
    THEY ARE MORE YOUR SPEED

    I WILL DANCE THE DAY YOU ~LEAVE OFFICE !
    YOU ARE A DIABOLICAL PLUTOCRAT !
    AND A MEAN ONE TO BOOT
    A MORE DISGUSTING PERSON THAN YOU WOULD BE HARD TO FIND ~
    KARMA ~SHALL BEFALL YOU BLACK HEART !

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