The following is the text of an e-mail sent June 30 from Martha M. Smith to Mary Nee, both of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The organization discovered such troubling conditions in the Roslindale pound that it warned the city the shelter was in crisis.
For a long period of time staff at ARL has had concerns with Boston Animal Control’s shelter. The animals do not appear to be well cared for and they seem to be highly stressed. General ongoing concerns include:
• Dogs having the appearance of being drenched in their runs during cleaning (meaning the dogs are not removed from their runs when they are being hosed – this is an UNACCEPTABLE in the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters)
• A complete lack of bedding
• A complete lack of toys or feeding devices for enrichment purposes
• Insufficient staffing levels
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