The Westchester Shore Humane Society (WCHS) in Harrison, NY states on its website that it is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The shelter, which claims to be no kill, refers in its mission statement to enforcing animal protection laws, indicating it responds to nearly 2000 animal related calls each year. If the group is paid to perform animal control duties, I could find no evidence of it. In any case, WCHS is in a lot of trouble.
WCHS owns a shelter facility and an adjacent home in Harrison. The town recently condemned the home due to multiple violations which were not corrected. Police visited the home when a former tenant returned to pick up a refrigerator and found dead shelter pets in it.
The state Attorney General’s Charities Bureau says WCHS is in violation of a state law regarding fund raising because it has not filed financial statements with the state since 2010. The Westchester County Department of Health says the shelter was operating without a license for several months this year.
Fourteen people affiliated with WCHS, including volunteers, filed a lawsuit last month. The lawsuit alleges the married couple who runs WCHS have been renting out the home and pocketing the rent money. It also alleges the couple was running a paid boarding business at the shelter and using food donated for shelter pets to feed the paying customers’ pets.
But wait, there’s more:
The volunteers also alleged that they discovered medical records indicating that the shelter euthanized hundreds of animals, even though its website claims a no-kill policy.
While it’s unclear to me exactly what official role WCHS plays in enforcing animal laws, it appears that the group has legal concerns at home which need to be addressed. I reached out to WCHS for comment but haven’t received a reply. If I do, I will update this post.