Battles between animal advocates, rescues (both good and bad) and haters have reached a level unseen in the past with everyone (again both good and bad) using social media as their sounding board.
The town of Smithtown, New York recently shut down their Facebook page after “it had become a vehicle for lies about animals under its care and for harassment of shelter employees,” Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo reported to Newsday.
“They said we were murdering dogs and cats, doing surgeries without anesthesia, all of it not being true.”
Animal advocates have accused the shelter, which has been under the operation of the Smithtown’s Public Safety Department since the suspension of shelter director Sue Hansen, who was fired for what officials said was incompetence and mismanagement.
Another former director, George Beatty, was also accused of mismanagement before his retirement in 2015 stated
“Because we have Facebook and social media, they spew untruths. They hide behind the screen with a keyboard.”
Inzerillo insinuated she has screenshots where animal advocates accused officials of neglect and told the advocates to call the police and tell them animals at the shelter are being abused. She said she couldn’t share the screenshots with news media.
Town officials have been accused of hiding shelter issues from the public by taking down the Facebook community page.
A new Facebook has emerged to address Smithtown shelter issues. The video above came from the page Facebook: Smithtown Animal Shelter Needs a Director.
I’m curious as to what the truth is. Did the shelter take down their Facebook page because of “lies” being spread, or were animal advocates doing their best to present the true situation taking place there?
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