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Dog rescue group alleges mistreatment at city-run shelter
SCHENECTADY -- An animal rescue group said the city of Schenectadys dog shelter is keeping dogs in inhumane conditions. One dog has been in the Anthony Street facility for more than six weeks.
It's not a humane or ethical way to keep dogs, said Tina Hudson, President of Rottie Empire Rescue. There's no air conditioning inside the facility. Theres nobody that takes them out for walks or to play. Theyre in their cage 24/7 until their seven day stray hold is up.
The facility is intended to hold dogs temporarily until they go to a more permanent shelter or are released. The police department, which oversees animal control, said the court cases for dangerous dog hearings sometimes take longer, which forces them to keep the dogs.
It's a short term facility. It doesn't have some of the luxury items you see if you pay for a private shelter, but we play music, the dogs have blankets we do the best we can to care for the dogs and treat them in a humane way, said Lt. Mark McCracken with the Schenectady Police Department.
CBS 6 was not allowed inside the facility, but McCracken said it routinely passes state Agriculture and Market inspections and the citys animal control officers make frequent visits.
They interact with the dogs. Its not that we stick them in a cell and we leave them alone, said McCracken.
Police said the dogs are not allowed outdoors. Hudson said at minimum the dogs should have more supervision and be allowed outside.
I would like to see a pen outside so the animals that are being kept there have an opportunity to get out of the cage at some point during the day, said Hudson. It's inhumane for an animal to be in that situation there's other holding facilities that these dogs can go to and the city of Schenectady is going to have to pay someone something.
Councilman Vince Riggi said he has received phone calls from concerned constituents and will request to see the facility for himself.
I'm going to let the council know, they may not be aware, said Riggi. Maybe that's the issue, no one is aware of what's going on down there, but no animal deserves to be treated that way if that's the way they're being treated.