Change Underway at BAC Shelter Facility

Mayor Walsh taking action, ARL supporting efforts

Camilla upon arriving at the ARL.

Camilla seen here soon after arriving at the ARL’s Boston shelter.

As reported in the Boston Globe this morning, Mayor Walsh is taking action to address the situation at the Boston Animal Control (BAC) shelter facility in Roslindale.

At the end of June, the ARL visited the BAC facility to meet four dogs connected to a law enforcement case that had just concluded. We hoped to help the dogs find new homes now that the case was over.

When our staff arrived, one of the dogs from the case, Camilla (pictured right), appeared very emaciated with sores on her body. Her condition and other observations made by our staff while at the facility raised so many concerns, we brought them to the immediate attention of Mayor Walsh.

Camilla, seen here after her first bath at our Boston shelter, has become a staff-favorite.

Camilla, seen here after her first bath at our Boston shelter, has become a staff-favorite.

We have continued to support the Mayor’s efforts to help the animals currently at the BAC facility and evaluate all areas of the shelter’s operations.

The ARL has taken in 35 animals from the BAC facility at our shelters in Boston and Dedham.  At the Mayor’s request, a team of ARL veterinarians and shelter operations staff also did a comprehensive on-site assessment. We plan to provide a full report of findings to the Mayor next week.

Thanks to Mayor Walsh and the supporting efforts of our colleagues, we truly believe a change is underway at the BAC facility—a change which will have an immediate positive effect for the animals there now and for many years to come.

hanks to proper care, nutrition, and extra attention, Camilla has gained 9 pounds.

Thanks to proper care, nutrition, and extra attention, Camilla has already gained 9 pounds.

Everyone at the ARL is honored to be part of making a difference for animals and the City of Boston today.