Fire Julie Bank of NYC ACC for killing adoptable animals.
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Julie Bank was hired by the city of New York as Director of NYC Animal Care & Control. Since she has taken over the shelter operations, more dogs and cats are being killed then ever before. Between the 5 boroughs of Manhattan on a low average there are about 30 dogs killed nightly, and they are killed 7days a week, Thats at least a 210 dogs a week. Most of the dogs coming into the shelter system in New York are pit bulls. More then 60% of the dogs that come through the doors are adotpable. Julie Banks thinks by euthanizing as many dogs as she can, this is acceptable. Is she trying to save money for the city in hopes to add some figures to her already 6 digit paycheck. http://www.urgentdeathrowdogs.com/about-accwhat-really-goes-on.html
Julie Bank has authorized the killing of dogs that have had rescue or adopter holds on them. Julie Bank has cut the phone lines to the shelters as a way to save money. How are people supposed to call in and adopt if there are no phone lines? Julie Bank fired employees who were using social media to try and save dogs. Emily Tanen, was a paid employee of NYC ACC that started two years ago and was the only employee in the three ACC shelters to take pictures of dogs. In fact, she was routinely criticized and reprimanded for spending her time using her camera to save lives. The shelter preferred they just use the horrific intake pictures instead, wrongly thinking that New Hope staff didn't need to meet the animals; they're task with placing. Emily was the only New Hope staff member to partner with volunteers to make sure every dog on the list had photos taken every night, as well as a bio and a beautiful plea to fight for them. She stayed late into the night, refusing to stop working until each death row dog received a fair chance. That level of caring was frowned upon when Emily was there, and is now gone entirely from the New Hope department. Emily would communicate with volunteers regarding which dogs needed bios and pictures the most, the current New Hope staff has nothing but contempt for volunteers, and would not be caught dead staying after their 8.5-hour day ends or working on placement from home. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/05/31/former-harlem-animal-care-and-control-staffer-turning-your-dog-into-shelter-a-death-sentence/
Julie Bank has issued new rules and standards into the Volunteer screening process making it more difficult then ever to become a volunteer. Julie Bank fired a volunteer named Jeff Latzer who worked with-in the Manhattan shelter 25-30 hours per week for over 2.5 years. Like Emily Tanen, Jeff spent countless hours writing about and advocating for dogs from home. Jeff’s proud specialty was helping the most scared dogs; the dogs that other volunteers and staff thought would never open up – Jeff got through to them. By opening these petrified dogs up to human affection, Jeff saved countless lives by showing this 'other side' of the dogs to rescuers and adopters. And yet today, for no reason other than sheer vindictiveness that has become a standard of Julie Bank’s reign, the ACC terminated Jeff Latzer as an unpaid volunteer.
Julie Bank thinks its ok to euthanize animals as its the right thing to do. Julie Bank is a criminal and has fired two of the best volunteers within their system. Its time for change and we need your help. You will be speaking for the dogs within NYC ACC and all over the county. Shelter operators such as Julie Bank need not to exsist, and she needs to be fired. With you signatures we can show officials that she needs to be stopped and that we, the people, won't stand for this.
For ten years (1988–1998), Bank worked for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for animals in New York City in shelter operations and adoptions. She served as their national director for their humane education programs. It might be useful to review the number of animals euthanized while under the care of the ASPCA.
Bank then became the Director of Public Programs at the Arizona Humane Society (1998-2000).
After two years at AHS, Bank took the position of Deputy Director for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, also in Arizona (2002-2006). There she managed public programs and their development. She also directed MCACC’s fund raising, PR, marketing, education, and volunteer and public programs.
Here’s what one article discussing Bank’s record at Maricopa has to say:
“Under [Ed Bok’s, Director--] tenure, the Maricopa pound slaughtered tens of thousands of animals a year, opened up a $600,000 a year structural deficit, and forced the agency into receivership. Volunteers were forced to walk dogs with ropes because the agency was not allowed to buy leashes, even while Bank was telling anyone who would listen that they were the most progressive adoption agency in the nation and on the verge of achieving No Kill (they never did better than a 50% save rate, less than the national average).”
In 2006, Bank accepted the position of Executive Director at the North County Humane Society and SPCA in San Luis Obispo County, CA. During Bank’s tenure as NCHS Executive Director, the San Diego Humane Society assumed the control and management of the NCHS shelter, renaming it SDHS—North Campus. Bank was still there.
Of greater interest is one crucial fact: The criteria SDHS used to rate an animal’s medical status is more harsh than the one NCHS had used. Under the new SDHS guidelines animals that NCHS would have rated as treatable and/or manageable would now be destroyed. Bank raised no objection.
In his article, “ASPCA Chief’s Tenure Marked By Unconscionable Policies,” Nathan J. Winograd offers a number of startling revelations about what happened during Julie Bank’s tenure as Executive Director of NCHS.
He reports that,
“During the [Maricopa County Animal Control Director] Boks–Bank’s tenure, Maricopa County described itself as a national model for Animal Care & Control. Bank was not only part of executive team running the agency and making policy decisions, but she was responsible for selling it publicly, both locally and nationally, as its chief public information officer. Despite claiming to be “near No Kill,” the agency managed to reduce killing only about 10% over the Boks-Bank’s tenure together, declines exceeded by communities without a No Kill ambition. In the end, Maricopa still killed half of all animals, nearly 30,000 per year, never doing any better than the national average. But you wouldn’t know that from the public relations propaganda put out by Bank and her team at the time, which dishonestly claimed they were making tremendous progress and leading the agency toward a No Kill Maricopa County. Indeed, Maricopa County is nowhere near No Kill even
“In addition,” Winograd reports that,
“an audit by the Maricopa County Office of Management & Budget discovered a nearly $600,000 structural deficit including no controls over money, expenditures on programs that were not approved, questions about lavish spending, and other financial irregularities during the Boks-Bank’s tenure. And while Bank was there, the agency was put into quasi-receivership to the point that the shelter was not allowed to make purchases (including leashes for the dogs) without OMB approval. Animal lovers were said to be walking dogs with ropes.”
Among the readers’ comments posted beneath the Winograd article, one person contributed the following:
My personal experience: I had taken pets on television for the NCHS (North County Humane Society—where Julie was Executive Director ) for approximately 7 years (for free, of course). After their recent merger with the San Diego Humane Society , three of the featured [NCHS] pets were transferred to the Gaines street (San Diego Humane Society) facility, where they were set to be euthanized. Unfortunately for them, the videos of the three dogs’ pet segments were still up on the internet, showing the dogs being lovable, kissing me, and according to their own shelter evaluations, a couple of the dogs had been approved to go to homes with children. Needless to say, the volunteers used the videos to get the dogs released to rescues (I believe one was euthanized), and Goldstein (president of San Diego Humane Society) immediately had the PR person from NCHS call me to say they would no longer allow NCHS pets to be featured on TV.
You may be interested to know that, during Bank’s tenure as the Executive Directory of NYCACC, a number of ACC dogs have been showcased on TV segments as “very adoptable” pets . . . they were later euthanized.
In April of 2010, Bank assumed the Executive Directorship of New York City Animal Care and Control.
Bank’s education provides additional insight into her qualifications to head the NYCACC, the largest animal care and control system in the US:
Bank Street College of Education—M Ed Museum Leadership, 200
City University of New York-Brooklyn College—BS Business Management and Finance, Business, 1990
Professionally, that’s Julie Bank before arriving at NYCACC.
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