Ac­tivists vs. NYC’s killer an­i­mal shel­ters

New York Post - - NEWS - Frank Ryan and Téa Kvete­nadze

The Guardian An­gels and an­i­mal-rights ac­tivists ral­lied out­side a Man­hat­tan shel­ter on Satur­day over its kill pol­icy.

The 50-per­son group marched from the East Har­lem An­i­mal Care Cen­ters shel­ter to Gra­cie Man­sion, chant­ing from across the street, “Mayor de Bla­sio, stop killing cats and dogs!”

ACC has eu­th­a­nized 2,110 cats and dogs across its three shel­ters this year, records through Au­gust show, but the or­ga­ni­za­tion says 90 per­cent of all an­i­mals were placed in homes dur­ing that time.

Guardian An­gels founder Cur­tis Sliwa said the ACC may eu­th­a­nize an­i­mals in less than 24 hours even though adop­tions can take longer.

“No one gives them a stay of ex­e­cu­tion,” Sliwa said. “The process is just too slow.”

March or­ga­nizer Kate Riviello blasted one shel­ter vol­un­teer for “per­pe­trat­ing vi­o­lence” af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with a pro­tester.

“What we want is a proven no-kill or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Riviello said. “We’re at a turn­ing point where the aware­ness is there . . . that they’re still killing healthy dogs and cats and ly­ing about it.”

An­other shel­ter vol­un­teer said the rally dis­cour­ages adop­tions: “Sit­ting here just makes more an­i­mals killed,” she shouted to pro­test­ers.

ACC spokes­woman Katy Hansen said in an e-mail, “It would be great if we could get the pro­test­ers to come in and adopt!”

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