The future of Stamford’s Animal Control Center has been a controversial topic in the city after an investigation led to the termination of the shelter’s former director. Laurie Hollywood is facing reckless endangerment charges for allegedly adopting out aggressive dogs and the shelter’s operations have been limited. Meeting for the third time this week, the City’s new Animal Control Center Task Force has been working to get things back in order.
Getting the shelter’s volunteers back to work on the long to do list. Suspended from the shelter since the launch of the investigation in May, the volunteers have been holding rallies, voicing their concerns for the animals.
Eileen Heaphy, Co-Chair of the Task Force, says they could be back at the shelter as early as August. But that’s just one of several issues the volunteers have been making noise about. Concerned about the direction the shelter will take without its former director, volunteers have started a petition, promoting a “no kill” facility to the city. Heaphy says the Task Force isn’t looking to convert the shelter to a kill facility, as some believe, just a better facility.
The Task Force will also be working to narrow down a potential site for a newer, bigger facility. Heaphy says there are currently 3 employees working at the shelter, and the search for a new director will begin soon. She says the shelter is adopting out animals and taking in strays but is temporarily not accepting owner-surrendered pets.
The Task Force will hold a public hearing in the beginning of August. Details will become available on the city’s website at stamfordct.gov