Boston’s city-run animal shelter is meant to be a sanctuary for abandoned and abused animals, a refuge for forsaken creatures. But late last month, the Animal Rescue League discovered such troubling conditions in the Roslindale pound that it warned the city the shelter was in crisis.
One brown dog named Camilla, rescued in 2011 from a dog-fighting ring, was gaunt, dehydrated, and had open sores on her body. Other animals howled incessantly. Cats lay on single sheets of wet newspaper.