Picente Calls for Animal Rescue Reform

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today called for the reform of the practices of animal rescue facilities located within the county.

“The situation that occurred recently at the animal rescue facility on Broad Street in Utica should never be allowed to happen again,” Picente said. “While the appropriate steps have been taken to improve that rescue’s conditions, and to find safe homes for the dogs being held there, more must be done. Oneida County must ensure that all animal rescue operations are providing a safe, sanitary and humane home for the animals they seek to help. We will define by law what conditions must be met by these facilities moving forward in Oneida County.”

Picente announced he will be putting together a work group comprised of representatives from local animal rescues, shelters and rights groups; public health and emergency services personnel; law enforcement members and County Legislators. The goal of this group will be to provide input and guidance as the County Attorney’s Office crafts a local law that will lay out the parameters that should be followed in order for animal rescue facilities to adequately operate.

“Together, we will find a way to make sure the animals that are in need of help in this community receive the care they need and the proper treatment they deserve,” Picente added.