This cat came into New York City Animal Care and Control nursing a litter of kittens. NYC ACC has now placed her on the kill list due to “severe medical conditions”. I read through all the exam notes to see what these major medical problems were. I was expecting to find something like multiple broken bones or end stage cancer or maybe panleukopenia. The one thing I wasn’t prepared for: “mild dental tartar”.
NYC ACC has classified this 2 year old cat as having severe medical conditions (5C rating) due to normal build-up on her teeth. I haven’t had my teeth cleaned in awhile myself. I guess someone should put me out of my misery.
John Sibley has written about NYC ACC’s false classification of healthy pets as sick and the reason it’s done:
[S]tarting in 2009, all partner orgs [in the multi-million dollar grant from Maddie’s Fund] including ACC were required to save every healthy animal in their care. For the already No Kill partners – well, no problem. That’s what they do anyway. For the ACC, mired in a kill mentality, this presented a problem – it was a target that they didn’t think they could hit. Fortunately, they hit upon a quick and easy solution: lie about the health conditions of the animals in their care and classify healthy animals as sick. That way they could kill them and still get their grant.
Maddie’s Fund, is this practice of falsely classifying healthy pets as seriously ill in order to kill them ok with you? Because you are enabling this with your money and your public claims that NYC ACC doesn’t kill healthy pets. You pretend not to know the truth but the pets at the pound don’t need another animal welfare group sweeping the killing under the rug. They need you to tell the truth. Will you take a stand for the pets being needlessly killed in NYC pounds?