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Homeless pets are kept in this dismal, windowless animal ‘shelter’

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Animal lovers on social media are outraged after learning that homeless pets are being kept in a dismal, windowless animal shelter in Dunkirk, New York. The situation was brought to light late last week by Facebook user Hannah Dompkowski, who stumbled across the structure while headed out for a day of swimming with her friends.

Dompkowsk wrote:

So as we walked around the building we started to hear yelping and howling coming from the building. We only heard one dog and he sounded very distressed. There were no windows on the building. with no way to get to the trapped dog we called the police, they laughed at our concern and said this was indeed an animal shelter.

She added:

The officer assured us they had food, but the enclosure was so small and unkept it was very clear it and the animals inside were not well taken care of. the building was so tiny and a dog kept inside all day in the dark is no way for it to live. why aren’t these animals in an spca or a more healthy environment? i’m not sure if there’s anything to do, but if anyone knows of a way to help i would appreciate it. seriously the sounds of the dog inside broke my heart.

WKBW reported that the city’s contracted animal control officer, Steve Purol, assures those who are concerned that the animals are okay – he said,

“They’re not in distress. They hear us out here and they want to go home. They’re just crying. Nobody is hurting the dogs. We do not ever kill a dog here.”

The makeshift shelter, which is actually a converted bathroom facility, is used as a five-day holding pen for stray animals who have been picked up in the area. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas has received calls from people who are worried for the well-being of animals inside of the structure – he said,

“It’s a temporary shelter. I think the conditions are adequate. Are there better places? Certainly there are. If I felt the conditions here were not adequate, then we would stop providing this service here in the city and we would go straight to the SPCA.”

A fundraiser, to better the conditions at this shelter, can be found here.

Windowless animal shelter

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12 replies
  1. Darla says:

    If Mayor Willie Rosas thinks the shelter is adequate, then I suggest HE stay there for 5 days and see if he comes out with a different attitude.

    • Nancy Raymond says:

      I agree w/Darla 100% – let this mayor stay in this hell hole and see how ‘adequate’ it is – it is a damn bathroom and in no way ANY accommodation for an animal – I saw this on TV and all he and his so called ‘control officer’ did was give a lot of lip service to the miserable hunk of crap they call a ‘shelter’.

  2. Gens says:

    This is a disgrace and inhumane I would expect better from NEW YORK.I hope that some rescue agency can help.This place looks like a dungeon.Can you imagine how these dogs are after being in there 5 days???

  3. linda says:

    I cry bullshit on it’s adequacy. I hate to think what it looks like inside. Shame on you Steve Purol and the Mayor! If it’s used for a five day hold where do they go afterwards? Btw to the laughing police……fuck you!

  4. Star Shelley says:

    How ridiculous and negligence this shelter is doing to those poor animals, I prayer that someone steps up to recuse them soon.

  5. Adrienne says:

    BS, it is not adequate for any animal even for a day. Hey Mayor, you stay there for a day and see how you do there. Because an animal can’t verbally talk to you doesn’t mean he is not distressed. Install windows and make this so called holding area more livable for the animals in your care. A police officer laughs instead of showing some sympathy-great, Dunkirk, NY, shows what type of law enforcement officers you have.

  6. Red says:

    This is nothing more than a torture chamber for any animal. You can not lock anything living in a hole 24 hours a day and be IGNORANT enough to think this is OK. Just because someone may be tossing food in the door….where are they “taking care of business”? Does that mean someone is hosing it out and cleaning it several times a day? DOUBT IT….. come on Dunkirk City…… this can not be OK with you….do something NOW!!!!

  7. Mary Ann Clark says:

    Can’t they arrest the police and mayor for felony animal cruelty? What if this is a case of municipal corruption?Maybe it is time the FBI or state’s attorney office launched an investigation!

  8. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Is there somebody that lives close by that can do something about this? It’s like living in a hot box! Who is paying the salaries of these people?


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