More than 75 cats, 20 dogs, and one rat were transferred to the care of Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, from the PAWS (People for Animal Welfare Society) Animal Shelter in Albion, NY, on Friday, April 27.
More than 75 cats, 20 dogs, and one rat were transferred to the care of Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, from the PAWS (People for Animal Welfare Society) Animal Shelter in Albion, NY, on Friday, April 27. An investigation by law enforcement officers at the Humane Society prompted the cooperative agreement to give the pets who were allegedly not receiving proper care immediate access to necessary veterinary and daily care.
The Humane Society of Greater Rochester received numerous complaints from the public with concerns for the health and level of care the animals were receiving at the independent, nonprofit rescue organization. Animal cruelty investigators found many animals suffering from untreated ear mites, upper respiratory infections, and chronic conjunctivitis, along with a lack of documentation on veterinary treatment and daily care.
“While assuming the care of this large number of animals at once is a burden on our organization, this is ultimately the best solution to ensure the animals receive proper care and have the best chance at being adopted into new homes,” said Lollypop Farm President and CEO Alice Calabrese, CAWA. “Even though Lollypop Farm has no association with this animal rescue shelter, we collaborate within our community and nationally to ensure animal welfare organizations are incorporating the best practices of sheltering and maintaining high standards for humane animal care.”
Criminal charges have not been filed, but PAWS is temporarily ceasing operations while the Humane Society investigation continues. Lollypop Farm requests donations of canned cat and dog food, dog treats, litter, bleach, paper towels, laundry detergent, and cat and kong-type toys, as well as monetary donations, in order to care for the incoming pets. Ultimately, Calabrese hopes these pets will find new, permanent homes through adoption.
The Humane Society of Greater Rochester investigates animal cruelty in response to reports made through the organization’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at (585) 223-6500 or cases referred by other law enforcement agencies. Calls are treated confidentially.
For more information call (585) 223-1330 or visit www.lollypop.org.