Pets in Need, the struggling nonprofit animal shelter suffering upheaval after the deaths of seven puppies in its care, has a new interim executive director, the organization said in a statement on its website. Internet.
Board member and animal welfare expert Valerie McCarthy will immediately replace outgoing executive director Al Mollica, who resigned his post in November after the puppies died and 21 other dogs overheated in a van of hot transport in August.
McCarthy has served on the association’s board of directors for the past year and a half. She is the research editor for the Animal Law and Public Policy program at Harvard Law School and did graduate work at New York University in the area of ââanimal welfare, the statement said. . She has worked on animal welfare issues including pit bull rescues in some of New York’s poorer neighborhoods and the search for cat homes in Stockholm, Sweden. She also earned the highest certification as a behavioral training volunteer from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She takes care of two male rescue cats at her home.
Pets in Need is the pet shelter provider for the City of Palo Alto and operates a Deathless Shelter in Redwood City. The 55-year-old organization has come under a storm of criticism after three personnel directors were charged with animal cruelty in late October by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. A police report noted that the seven puppies likely died of heat stroke after being transported for hours in a van that lacked effective cooling. The compartment where the puppies and 21 other dogs had been confined in cages lacked adequate ventilation in the nearly 100-degree heat. All of the dogs exhibited symptoms of heat distress, a police investigation revealed.
The staff wrote a very critical letter to the association’s board of directors about the management of animals by management and the consequences.