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Stamford, CT | Added on June 29, 2014 At 05:17 PM

"She is only guilty of caring too much" said volunteer Regina Perry.

That is what many said in support of former Stamford Animal Control Manager Laurie Hollywood during a rally outside the animal shelter Sunday afternoon.

"Animals don't have a voice so we are their voice. The more we come out and say we want to help, then other people will say "yes, we want to help too"",said Lauren Rinaldi.

"I feel that the city is completely wrong. Laurie is completely innocent. I love the lady to death. She has taught me everything I wanted to know about animals," said Perry, who has voluntereed at the shelter since she was 16 years old.

Hollywood was terminated on June 17th at the conclusion of an investigation of the center. The investigation determined that Hollywood had adopted out dogs with histories of violence without adequately informing the adopters.  

Following her termination, Mayor David Martin announced the formation of the Animal Control Center Task Force to address other issues found during the investigation.

"Everyone in the field of animal control should do what can be done to better the lives of animals. The first responsibility of our animal control officers is the safety of the people of Stamford,"said Stamford Mayor David Martin during a press conference earlier this month.

Hollywood later turned herself into police and was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment.

Mark Sherman, Hollywood's attorney said, "She will be entering a plea of not guilty. There will be no plea deals in this case and there will be no guilty pleas. All she is guilty of is being too considerate and too compassionate to these animals."

Tamara Linde volunteers at the shelter. She said, "We are the people who have been there. Been there with the dogs, been there with Laurie through it all so having everyone out here is really great. Getting everyone together and showing Stamford that keeping 'care' in Stamford Animal Care and Control is what we are all about."

Hollywood is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, July 10th. The animal shelter is still open and allowed to adopt out animals, however volunteers are not allowed back until new policies are in place.

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