Hoboken dogs to get 7-day death sentence?

Zimmer calls for council to approve “dog death contract” in Hoboken, NJ

Earlier today, Councilman Tim Occhipinti alerted constituents about a frightening agenda item for tonight’s City Council meeting.

It’s a proposed $43,000 annual contract with Liberty Humane Society to manage stray and lost pets. However, part of the contract specifies rather harsh penalties for any animals that are caught:

“When specifically notified by the Municipality, LHS shall attempt to impound any stray or licensed dog or cat running at large on the streets of the Municipality for the purpose of issuing summonses to the owners thereof where possible and appropriate. When such impoundment occurs, the dog or cat shall be put up for adoption or humanely disposed of, after the seven (7) day waiting period.”

Wow, that’s crazy! Who would support that?

14 Responses

  1. AMG1055 says:

    7 days? What dogs get adopted in 7 days? That is guaranteed death for any of the poor dogs!

  2. Soniaa says:

    So if the dog gets lost, the city will fine me for that too? What if it’s an accident?

    • MSilverG says:

      totally agree! with so many dogs, it would be easy for a dog to try and run up to another dog and play, and accidentally run away. It has nothing to do with responsible ownership- accidents happen. [quote comment=”215593″]So if the dog gets lost, the city will fine me for that too? What if it’s an accident?[/quote]

  3. MSilverG says:

    I adopted my dog last summer from LHS. He was a stray that animal control brought into them. Obviously no one had claimed him. He was EXTREMELY sick and even tho LHS didnt have the funds to get him all the care he needed, they worked really hard to keep him stable. We finally adopted him and now he’s happy and healthy. So basically, from now on, a dog like him won’t get the chance for a new life if he/she doesn’t get adopted in 7 f’ing days!! This is disgusting and appalling.

  4. willow says:

    humanely disposed what an oxymoron. i’d like to humanely dispose a few people.

  5. beerzgood says:

    It says:

    When such
    impoundment occurs, the dog or cat shall be put up for adoption or humanely disposed
    of, after the seven (7) day waiting period.

    It doesn’t say if it’s not adopted after 7 days it will get the death penalty

  6. hoboken411 says:

    NJ Statute 4:19-15.16 gives the shelter the authorization to “dispose” of the dog within 7 days. However, that is not preventing the contract with Hoboken from being written with terms that supersede and perhaps elaborate on the state law. Like specifying that the 7 day rule will only be used in special circumstances (sick, dangerous, etc).

    The only thing that 7-day law does is prevent a shelter from killing a dog sooner.

  7. bornandrazedinhobo says:

    Maybe Zimmer should be killed in 7 days, she has been lost since day one in office…

  8. MSilverG says:

    does the city of hoboken have to pay LHS to keep a dog there? I cant see any other reason that they would want dogs put down after a certain period of time.

    • mandipaige316 says:

      yes the city of hoboken has to pay a fee to LHS for animal control and housing/care for stray animals picked up in hoboken.

      I have been in animal welfare my wholelife and LHS over the past year has done an amazing job at adopting out cats/dogs that are in the shelter past the 7 day stray hold. They also check every animal that comes in for a microchip, i suggest if you are a pet owner that you get your animal microchipped and keep the information updated. I used to volunteer at LHS and would make the phone calls to the owners/companies that the chips were registered to![quote comment=”215613″]does the city of hoboken have to pay LHS to keep a dog there? I cant see any other reason that they would want dogs put down after a certain period of time.[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        HMMM increased population and the animal control fee reduced by 50%?

        That translates into either less pickups (more responsible owners/caretakers) or a shorter funded time to adopt. An animal rights lawyer needs to review the contract. The purpose of animal control is not to fine citizens but to serve the welfare of the animal.

        Fines need to be imposed for the unregistered companion animals – not for lost animals. The City assumes that lost animals are somehow due to negligence. Many times it is an accident or an emergency. Imagine if we fined families for Autistic children or Alzheimer spouses/parents that wander.[quote comment=”215623″]yes the city of hoboken has to pay a fee to LHS for animal control and housing/care for stray animals picked up in hoboken.I have been in animal welfare my wholelife and LHS over the past year has done an amazing job at adopting out cats/dogs that are in the shelter past the 7 day stray hold. They also check every animal that comes in for a microchip, i suggest if you are a pet owner that you get your animal microchipped and keep the information updated. I used to volunteer at LHS and would make the phone calls to the owners/companies that the chips were registered to![/quote]

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