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Thursday, April 2, 2015
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New operator sought for animal shelter
City’s contract with Rescue Ink is not renewed
By Alexandra Spychalsky
Christina Daly/Herald file photo
Rescue Ink had operated the Long Beach Animal Shelter since 2011.

The city is searching for a new operator for the Long Beach Animal Shelter, after the city said it did not renew its contract with the Queens-based animal-rescue organization Rescue Ink last October.

In January, the city issued a request for proposals for a new organization to run the shelter. City spokesman Gordon Tepper said that three proposals were submitted, and that the city would be conducting interviews in the coming weeks. The city’s Police Department has been operating the shelter.

“We are so appreciative of the volunteers who have worked so hard and have donated so much of their valuable time, assisting the city with running the shelter because of their love for the animals,” said City Councilwoman Eileen Goggin.

Tepper said that the city chose not to continue working with Rescue Ink because it was “not satisfied with the job they did.” He added that the city has asked its corporation counsel to send the organization a cease-and-desist letter, ordering Rescue Ink to remove information on its website that says it is still involved with the animal shelter.

The organization’s founder, Joe “Panz” Panzarella, however, told a different story, saying that Rescue Ink declined to renew the contract with the city because the annual “shoestring” budget of $15,000 the city provided to run the shelter made it “impossible” to sustain the operation, saying that it cost between $150,000 and $200,000 per year to run the shelter. Panzarella said that Rescue Ink did not get the support it needed from the city.

“We killed ourselves trying to run it,” Panzarella said of the shelter. “We did whatever we could. There’s no support for it; we couldn’t afford it. We decided not to renew the contract.”

When the contract was first awarded to Rescue Ink in 2011, some residents questioned how the group could run the facility on a $15,000 budget. However, Rescue Ink members said that as a nonprofit, it would rely heavily on donations to cover the costs of running the shelter. Long Beach renewed its contract with Rescue Ink in 2012.

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PitBullMom

You should never make comments and or slander anyone's name unless you actually know ALL of the facts! The so- called LEADER is the guilty one here and put ALL of it on everyone else. Ever hear the statement "guilty until proven innocent" well , the truth will come out and the true crook will be proven guilty. Too bad the animals had to suffer once they re-instated the original crook and the ONLY crook

Monday, March 3, 2014 | Report this
pauly2224

I don't see where I slandard anyone's name. The facts are that John was arrested & the case is still pending. I agree the so-called leader is the real guilty one & put it all on everyone else but as it stands John is the one that got caught. When the truth comes out hopefully it will show the real truth. Other than that I think we are both in agreement here.

Monday, March 3, 2014 | Report this
Tigger1959

I don't know if a new operator has been found for the shelter yet, but whatever you do don't hire this guy. http://www.seattledogspot.com/blog/dog-blog/post/markwell-says-he-will-give-all-olympic-animal-sanctuary-dogs-to-best-friends-animal-society

http://www.seattledogspot.com/blog/dog-blog/post/guardians-of-rescue-asks-for-volunteers

The is a lot more as well at "Inside The Sanctuary" on Facebook. I am hoping that that man never ever gets to have another animal as long as he lives. Thank you.

Friday, March 21, 2014 | Report this
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