Breaking News -- Head of New York City's Shelter System To Leave In October
By Diane West and Courtney Kistler
Exclusively for New York Tails Magazine

Charlene Pedrolie, who headed the city’s public animal shelter system for almost two years, will officially be leaving her post this fall.

While rumors had been swirling for months about Ms. Pedrolie’s departure--voluntary and otherwise--sources close to the situation have confirmed her contract will not be renewed in October.

The AC&C is the largest animal shelter systems in the Northeast, taking in over 43,000 dogs, cats, and other animals each year. A not-for-profit organization since 1995, Animal Care & Control is responsible for the city’s municipal shelter system and operates in all five boroughs.

In 2008, AC&C took in over 40,000 abandoned, abused, or surrendered dogs and cats. About 21,000 were adopted and about 16,000 were euthanized. This is in stark contrast to 2002, when close to 31,000 of the 43,000 animals who arrived at the AC&C that year were destroyed.

Ms. Pedrolie, described as a ‘nationally recognized business consultant’, was appointed executive director of AC&C in October of 2007. She succeeded previous executive director Ed Boks, who was recruited from Maricopa County, Arizona in 2003. By 2005, however, Mr. Boks was head of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. He resigned from that post four months ago.

Ms. Pedrolie ‘s tenure was often the target of much controversy, with former AC&C volunteers and other animal activists going so far as to circulate petitions calling for her removal because of her alleged lack of experience and a perception that she was out of touch with the severity of the intake and euthanasia problems of the shelter system.

A call to her office for comment was not returned.


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