It's the fourth time Stamford's animal control task force sat down to deliberate the future of the city's animal shelter, but the first time the public could speak up.
At the task force's first public hearing Tuesday night, animal lovers and shelter supporters packed the room. Many there to make sure the city's shelter remains a "no kill" facility. "No kill" meaning that all healthy or sick, but treatable, animals are saved at shelters.
But task force co-chair Eileen Heaphy said they're not looking to convert the shelter into a kill facility.
The task force was formed after former shelter director Laurie Hollywood was fired, then brought up on charges for allegedly adopting out aggressive dogs. Shelter operations are limited and volunteers are suspended until further notice -- and concern for the animals' future is building.
For weeks, there's been many shelter volunteers rallying for the animals and Hollywood's innocence. They say she's responsible for turning Stamford's shelter into a "no kill" facility.
Hollywood has pled not guilty and will appear back in court August 12. We'll keep you updated on this story.