The Woonsocket, Rhode Island police department is in charge of supervising the local pound. On Tuesday the pound was closed indefinitely and its two ACOs suspended without pay pending a police investigation:
City solicitor Michael Marcello told NBC 10 an anonymous tip in November prompted Woonsocket police to launch an investigation into allegations that food and other donated supplies were being transported out of the Woonsocket shelter to a location in Burrillville.
The “location in Burrillville” was where one of the ACOs was living. If the city solicitor phrased it to the media as a “location”, making it seem like some mysterious place, that sounds like cover up to me. Then there’s this, from Dr. Ernest Finocchio, president of the RISPCA:
“I guess the good news is that this has nothing do [sic] do with animal cruelty.”
And this, from Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt:
Baldelli-Hunt noted there was no abuse of animals and that the animals were cared for properly.
Yeah – about that.
There were eleven dogs and no cats at the pound at the time it was ordered closed. Eight dogs were transferred to other facilities. Two were killed for behavior after being housed in the cinderblock structure for up to two years. Another dog required emergency vet care. The police guarded the facility during the removal of the dogs and wouldn’t allow the media inside, which is always reassuring. But yay, no animal cruelty. No transparency either, or adequate supervision apparently, but hey, it’s all good. Cops sitting in unmarked cars outside the pound to prevent the press from reporting the truth is a hallmark of community trust.
Remind me again how southern shelters are run by good ol’ boys who don’t take proper care of pets while shelters up north are all shining beacons of progress where all the pets are saved. I have trouble keeping my stereotypes straight sometimes. I’m sure the many people shipping shelter dogs up north will
be interested to know ignore what’s been happening in Woonsocket.
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)