TOMS RIVER — The township has begun an investigation into its animal shelter, Council President Kevin M. Geoghegan and Department of Human Expert services Director Maria Maruca said Wednesday night time.
Geoghegan and Maruca built the remarks following feedback by numerous members of the public who questioned the shelter’s operations at Wednesday’s council meeting.
Craig Saltarelli, vice president of Reformers – Advocates for Animal Shelter Adjust in NJ, informed the council that the shelter has a severe mildew challenge.
“We have received mould in your animal shelter in the animal operates, you’ve got received mould in the ceilings,” Saltarelli reported. “It is really bought to be fastened.” Saltarelli also mentioned there are fears that the animal shelter is euthanizing “bully breed” dogs, like pit bulls, when there are rescues eager to pull them from the shelter.
Debbie Geissinger, co-founder of Missing Pet Look for & Rescue, mentioned puppies in the shelter are staying labeled as aggressive without the need of getting professionally evaluated.
“These puppies have to have to be evaluated by a experienced behaviorist in advance of they make a willpower that a puppy is intense,” Geissinger said. “So I genuinely think, together with the other matters that Mr. Saltarelli spoke about, that an investigation needs to be made of the facility and the individuals managing it.”
Some others who spoke stated adoptable cats and kittens, as properly as some puppies, have been transferred to the Ocean County Animal Shelter to make it show up as though Toms River euthanizes much less animals.
Maruca mentioned immediately after the assembly that portion of the investigation into the shelter involves personnel challenges that she can not talk about publicly. But she mentioned she hopes the animal advocates will give her a chance to full the investigation and assistance boost the shelter’s functions.
Maruca took above as Human Providers director in the spring, soon after very long-time director JoAnn Benson retired. Maruca experienced previously served as Ward 1 councilwoman from 2004 until eventually December.
She informed the animal adovcates that two pet dogs they had elevated worries about, Sandy and Snoop, are offered for adoption. Quite a few of the speakers experienced claimed they had been worried about the two canines, and could not get a straight response from shelter staff about irrespective of whether or not they could be adopted.
“In regards to them potentially being intense, we will have them indication a hold harmless arrangement,” Maruca said. “If there are people today eager to adopt, we will often go for adoption, and not euthanasia at any time.”
Maruca said there are 80 animals in the shelter, together with 20 canine and 60 cats and kittens.
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