It’s been four months since the PSPCA took over the city’s animal shelter system. It’s failing.
When PW asked the Health Department how it’s possible to verify what happened to those 786 animals, Melham explained: “[The PSPCA] is only obligated to the city for animal care and control services. I don’t know about the status of that [other] database, but it’s not anything we’d be responsible for or have oversight for.”
Without transparency and an ability to track each animal all the way through the system, it’s difficult to peer into the shelters and see what’s happening. But this much is clear: vaccinations, a basic shelter protocol, were sloppy. Animals are getting sick. The younger and weaker ones are dying. And the Health Department and the PSPCA are too close for comfort.
“It is disturbing that the Health Department, which created PACCA after the PSPCA walked away from the animal control contract almost a decade ago, would simply go back to such a volatile situation,” wrote Winograd on his blog recently. “What happens if the PSPCA walks away again after a new director is hired?”
Insiders expect an investigation into PSPCA’s mismanagement of this contract to be announced any day.
“It doesn’t matter who has the contract,” Elwood says. “The fact of the matter is that it’s being mismanaged. You’ve got people with absolutely no experience in animal control running one of the largest animal control contracts in the nation.”
Philadelphia's turned yet another page in our gruesome ongoing struggle for humane animal control. Late Monday, the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) lost the contract for anim...
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An activist wants to know what is wrong with Philadelphia animal control.
Two weeks away from a City Hall investigational hearing called by Philadelphia City Councilman Jack Kelly to drill into the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA)’s mismanagement of Philly’s animal control contract, the PSCPA is coming clean on euthanasia and save rate statistics.
Baptism by fire, shit storm, train wreck: These are the nice ways to describe the situation that Sue Cosby -- the new CEO of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- is hurling herself into. Earlier this week, Cosby talked with PW about her new role, her vision for the city’s animal control, and what a long, strange trip it’s been.
The Michael Vick signing has stirred outrage among animal-loving Eagles fans. But this city is already one of the worst in the nation for homeless animals. Will Philadelphians put their money where their mouse is?
Even before Michael Vick arrived in Philly, the city was known as a mecca of dogfighting. Egregious violations were met with a slap on the wrist. Now one offender has been sent to prison. Will more follow?
Philadelphia’s animal advocates have been meeting once a month since last fall, obstensibly to try to fix an animal control plan that’s been unraveling at the seams. Despite the crisis, the direction is still unclear.
PW's Taste of Philly 2014
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