Fire Animal Shelter Director For Allowing Horrific Shelter Conditions


Target: Boston Mayor, Martin J. Walsh

Goal: Dismiss animal shelter director for allowing his shelter to become harmful to animals

A Boston animal shelter was supposed to be a refuge for homeless and abused animals. Unfortunately, the Animal Rescue League found during an inspection that the conditions at the Roslindale animal pound were horrible and alerted the city of the shelter’s problems right away. Mark Giannangelo, the acting Director of Animal Control and the individual in charge of the Roslindale shelter, has been temporarily suspended from working at the shelter while the city continues to look into the situation.

When the Animal Rescue League went inside the shelter, they saw a shelter in crisis that required immediate attention. The Boston Globe interviewed the president of the Animal Rescue League and she described the place as understaffed, yet overcrowded with animals. The animals appeared anxious and their stock room was filled with expired animal food and medication. The Boston Globe also reported that after Mayor Walsh and the administration launched the investigation with the rescue league, they were able to transfer over 30 animals to other nearby shelters.

There needs to be a change in the city’s Animal Control department. For someone like Giannangelo to be able to run a facility like this and go unnoticed is troubling news. There needs to be a change in policies and the animal shelter staff needs to be trained to report issues like these.

Please sign this petition to thank Mayor Walsh for discovering the troubles of this shelter and ask him to permanently suspend the person who was responsible.


Dear Mayor Martin J. Walsh,

After the Animal Rescue League discovered that Boston’s Roslindale animal pound has been running under less than satisfactory conditions, you and the administration took swift action to suspend the director of the animal shelter who allowed these animals to live in horrific conditions. During their search, the rescue league found expired food and medication and frightened animals living in unsanitary kennels.

The animal shelter was built to be a safe place for all abandoned animals. No abandoned and abused animal deserves to live a horrible life only to be put into another terrible situation at a place that was suppose to be their sanctuary.

We need to make sure that no other shelter is neglecting to care for other animals. Thank you for taking the right steps to change the conditions of this shelter. Again, thank you for your fast response to this horrible situation, and continue to seek justice for all animals in the city of Boston.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Nhandler via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Kristina Kirstin says:

    we need to start a petition for the Lancaster shelter in the state of California. And what about the shelters who gas the dogs to euthanize them. The dogs are crammed into a small box and gassed, many of them puppies, and they die horrible deaths. We need to have these places investigated. Criminal to do this to animals. There’s shelters in California that gas the animals and in the south.

    • I read on the web about the Lancaster Animal Shelter in Los Angeles County raiding and seizing animals. This raid was done because that agency had been paid $4500 to ensure that the alleged owner would suffer. Apparently someone or people hate this person that they would gladly go to this extreme to harm him or her. Criminal charges were filed against the alleged owner and it came out that the animals had been killed by this agency. I read their are phone images of dogs having been shot while in cages at this shelter because they were aggressive and the reason provided why the cats were killed 3 days after they were seized according to the Sgt. in control, she said, and I quote they were not adoptable. The animal shelter was built to be a safe place for all abandoned animals. No abandoned and abused animal deserves to live a horrible life only to be put into another terrible situation at a place that was suppose to be their sanctuary. These animals I have read about and read the transcripts from those proceedings they are online show that this shelter in California takes bribes and kills helpless animals. They file criminal charges against the alleged owner citing even if the animals didn’t belong to her she had a moral obligation to make certain the animals were provided with the basic necessities. Apparently the state of California is claiming this woman did not provide water or food yet online I have seen documentation of receipts of food that she paid to be delivered to those animals and vet receipts where she paid to have both the stray cats and dogs seen. I have seen at least one or two I believe it is 2 excerpts from 2 Expert Witnesses who state the cats seized had 12 different diseases most of them were old and the combination of age and illness which is hereditary would cause an animal to appear as if they are starved even though they are properly fed. The prelim transcripts show a woman hired through craigslist to clean the property where the animals were at had received $2000 and ended up contacting animal control because she could tell in the 4 days she worked that the animals were being abused because she didn’t see food or water. If this was true then why did that agency wait one month to conduct a raid you would think they would go in and seize the animals they claim were being starved right then and there but this did not happen. Something smells fishy… the animals did not deserve to be killed, period.

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