An investigation into Stamford’s Animal Control Center has led to the termination of the shelter’s director, Laurie Hollywood.
“In April, the Stamford Human Resources Department and the Stamford Police Department launched an investigation into the Animal Control Center after receiving allegations that the facility was adopting out dogs without informing recipients of the dogs history of biting and aggressive behavior,” says Stamford Mayor Martin.
The City announced the completion of its investigation Wednesday, finding the allegations to be true. Officials say Hollywood’s failure to report such incidents has resulted in several dog biting injuries. Officials say some dogs that were brought back to the shelter for biting, were readopted and returned for biting more than once.
“Everyone in the field of animal control should do what can be done to better the lives of animals,” says the Mayor. “But the first responsibility of our animal control officers is the safety of the people of Stamford.”
And as a result of the recent findings, the mayor is forming an Animal Control Facility Task Force to do just that. He says the task force will consist of 7 members with no ties to the shelter.
”The task force’s responsibilities will include reviewing current policies and procedures of the facility in conjunction with city officials,” says the Mayor.
The task force will also be responsible for locating potential sites for a new shelter, and is expected to be in place before the end of next week.
“The police department is continuing a criminal investigation so certain details will be continued to be withheld,” says Mayor Martin. “My order not to euthanize any animals remains in effect until the task force has had the opportunity to review the policies at the center.”
In the meantime, the animal shelter will continue to operate and adopt out animals, but volunteers won’t be allowed back until new policies are in place.