Fire Animal Shelter Director For Allowing Horrific Shelter Conditions


Target: Boston Mayor, Martin J. Walsh

Goal: Dismiss animal shelter director for allowing his shelter to become harmful to animals

A Boston animal shelter was supposed to be a refuge for homeless and abused animals. Unfortunately, the Animal Rescue League found during an inspection that the conditions at the Roslindale animal pound were horrible and alerted the city of the shelter’s problems right away. Mark Giannangelo, the acting Director of Animal Control and the individual in charge of the Roslindale shelter, has been temporarily suspended from working at the shelter while the city continues to look into the situation.

When the Animal Rescue League went inside the shelter, they saw a shelter in crisis that required immediate attention. The Boston Globe interviewed the president of the Animal Rescue League and she described the place as understaffed, yet overcrowded with animals. The animals appeared anxious and their stock room was filled with expired animal food and medication. The Boston Globe also reported that after Mayor Walsh and the administration launched the investigation with the rescue league, they were able to transfer over 30 animals to other nearby shelters.

There needs to be a change in the city’s Animal Control department. For someone like Giannangelo to be able to run a facility like this and go unnoticed is troubling news. There needs to be a change in policies and the animal shelter staff needs to be trained to report issues like these.

Please sign this petition to thank Mayor Walsh for discovering the troubles of this shelter and ask him to permanently suspend the person who was responsible.


Dear Mayor Martin J. Walsh,

After the Animal Rescue League discovered that Boston’s Roslindale animal pound has been running under less than satisfactory conditions, you and the administration took swift action to suspend the director of the animal shelter who allowed these animals to live in horrific conditions. During their search, the rescue league found expired food and medication and frightened animals living in unsanitary kennels.

The animal shelter was built to be a safe place for all abandoned animals. No abandoned and abused animal deserves to live a horrible life only to be put into another terrible situation at a place that was suppose to be their sanctuary.

We need to make sure that no other shelter is neglecting to care for other animals. Thank you for taking the right steps to change the conditions of this shelter. Again, thank you for your fast response to this horrible situation, and continue to seek justice for all animals in the city of Boston.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Nhandler via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Rosemary Anderson says:

    Why wasn’t this terrible abuse found out sooner? Why didn’t the authorities check out this place before it got to such horrific conditions? There are so many people to blame here. But, The acting director that has been suspended needs to be fired without recompense, don’t reward the imbecilic moron for abuse fire him now. He should be prosecuted for animal cruelty and imprisioned. He should never, ever be allowed to work with or own a pet ever again he is obviously a moron that needs to be sorted out. He is lower than scum, he is an evil individual that has no compassion and no concience. Shame on him and shame on those who do not punish him for his obscene actions.

  2. Emily March says:

    Not the kind of thing you’d expect from a ‘genteel’ place like Boston anyway!!!

  3. laurel mancini says:

    Animal shelters can, indeed, get out of hand. Mostly because humans do not know or care what is required by staff there. A good director is often hard to find. A good director can lead and inspire staff to always consider the animals – clean living spaces, food, water. I worked in a shelter and had a good department leader. People, believe me, it is work.
    Which is why, as the comments show, an inept, indifferent, abusive director must be fired. Animals always end in a bad place due to us. So, when we can, do what is right, and good, for them. It is always easier to do good.

  4. Ellis Toscano says:

    Shame on Boston.

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