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Community Outraged over Firing of Admired Animal Care and Control Employee
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AC&C’s former New Hope Liaison Emily Tanen receives a kiss from a Manhattan shelter pup named Nicole.
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By Michael Mullins
Published Fall 2011
On Friday, May 13, Animal Care and Control’s New Hope Liaison, Emily Tanen, was terminated. A celebrated member of the New York City animal welfare community, Tanen played a critical role in saving the lives of countless NYC shelter animals since being hired by AC&C in August of 2009.

As news of her sudden dismissal spread, a shocked public took to the internet, expressing their outrage online through a barrage of criticisms directed at AC&C, complimented by immense appreciation and support for Tanen.

“I was shocked, absolutely shocked,” exclaimed Kay Smith, a veteran animal rescuer who now administers the Facebook page Urgent Part 2. On the page, photos of local shelter animals scheduled to be euthanized are posted in the hope that someone will save them before it is too late. Many of the photos displayed on Urgent Part 2 were taken by Tanen.

“Emily was the absolute best. Not only did she advocate for (shelter animals) and plea for people to take them, she took the most gorgeous pictures, beautiful photos in which you could just see the personality of the dogs coming out in them,” said Smith. “And I don’t know anyone who would rally the volunteers like Emily. She was so organized. If I had my way she would have worked seven days a week at the shelter.”

Smith’s sentiment was shared by veteran animal welfare advocate and AC&C critic, Esther Koslow.

“Emily being fired is a great loss to the animal community,” said Koslow. A former shelter volunteer herself, Koslow is now a board member for the Shelter Reform Action Committee (SRAC) - a coalition of animal organizations and advocates seeking to improve the city’s animal shelter system.

“Emily went above and beyond in her duties as an AC&C employee and her (absence) will have an immediate detrimental effect on Manhattan shelter dogs. The (shelter) animals will suffer.”

Public outrage over the decision to terminate Tanen culminated over the weekend in the creation of a Facebook Page entitled Reinstate Emily Tanen, as well as an online petition which also called for her reinstatement. As of Tuesday morning, the Reinstate Emily
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