Stop use of Tyco Animal Control in Fair Lawn, NJ.
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Tyco Animal Control is a company who claims to handle animals humanely and take care of their well being. As a for-profit organization they do everything in their power to make sure everything they do benefits only them. Tyco animal control services 25 communities in Bergen County with only 6 full time officers on their staff. Unfortunately, euthanizing animals is legal in NJ and they do support the euthanization of animals. Many community members and shelters have expressed their concern with the procedures done by Tyco.
From a document posted on the Tyco website, this is NJ law.
N.J.S.A 4:19-15.16-Requires the impoundment of any dog or other animal
(including cats) off the property of the owner. Stray animals must be held for 7 days prior to adoption or euthanasia
I have been approached by community members that their dog, cat, and even pet rabbit were euthanized by Tyco. Some were even euthanized before the 4 day mark, this is illegal.
The incident I experienced (but not my first experience with Tyco) which initially sparked my interest to investigate this company further was my dog was lost by a community member, with sightings by the community throughout the night. It was a Friday night and I spoke to a Tyco employee over the phone. They directed me to call a different number and leave a voicemail with my lost dogs description. Why did Tyco not come out to the scene when receiving multiple calls that night. What is considered an emergency? Our pet dogs are not an emergency to them? Or is it because they do not have the manpower to handle every single town and every single lost dog. In addition, when reading the presentation by Carol Tyler, owner of Tyco, which was presented to the Fair Lawn Council on February 17, 2015, she states that the city will incur a $60 overtime fee for any labor done by Tyco during nights/weekends/Holidays. This could be the reason why they did not come to help rescue my dog but also the Bear found in Fair Lawn on June 8. They waited until 8AM on June 9th , office hours, to begin the rescue of the bear.
Borough Manager Jim Van Kruiningen responded to an email I personally wrote to the Town Council denying everything I was accusing Tyco of., I have still not heard from any Council Members on my concern of this issue.
At the February 17, 2015 presentation (taken from the minutes) to the Fair Lawn Council, Carol Tyler, owner of Tyco stated,"They can run Fair Lawn's facility and will make sure it is fully inspected and certified." According to a recent conversation I had with a Recycling Borough employee, the only use of the former Fair Lawn shelter is every two weeks when he sees a landscaper cut the grass.
The list goes on and on.
As a community we need to stand up and get this service out of our great town. We need to make a change. Fair Lawn is a great town and to see them support a company like this to save money is embarrassing.
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