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Schenectady stray animal controversy


SCHENECTADY, NY - The Schenectady Police Department, Animal Protective Foundation, and SPCA are at odds about who is responsible for unwanted animals in the city. The Animal Protective Foundation and the Schenectady Police Department call this an ongoing issue.

The situation began on Friday when a man sought shelter for his two dogs he said he couldn't care for. The man brought them to the Animal Protective Foundation (APF) in Scotia, but they would not take the animals because they did not have space and say the dogs needed to see a veterinarian.

The APF says the executive director escorted that man and the puppies to the Schenectady Police Department. The police refused to accept the two sick animals, and say it is the APF's responsibility to care for the dogs.

Lt. Mark McCracken of the Schenectady Police Department says the police department is not an appropriate place to board animals.

The APF says they have an agreement with the city to take in strays. However the city doesn't have a municipal shelter and there is no set place to take stray animals. The APF says they have spoken with the mayor on several occasions about creating a municipal shelter. NEWS10 ABC has reached out to Schenectady Mayor McCarthy but has not heard back.

The dogs are currently at the Hernas Veterinary Clinic in Schenectady where they are doing well. But that facility says it does not have the resources either, calling on the APF to step up.

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