NEW YORK â€” Budget cuts are putting your pets at greater risk if they are lost in New York City.
Animal Care and Control will no longer take reports of lost pets, and staffers at shelters will no longer search the facilities for missing animals.
Animal shelter volunteer Laurie Daniels takes care of â€œMisty,â€ a stray dog brought in as a stray two days ago.
Itâ€™s possible this affectionate canine is loved by an owner desperately looking for her.
But now, in our city with its thousands of lost dogs and cats, getting them back to their homes just got harder.
â€œThereâ€™s a very good chance if their pet is lost they wont be able to find them,â€ said Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayorâ€™s Alliance for NYCâ€™s Animals.
The budget for Animal Care and Control was slashed by $1.5 million in the past two years, and now a change in policy:
Staffers will no longer accept reports of lost and found pets.