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Devoted Animal Care and Control Volunteer Dismissed, Public Outraged
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Former ACC Volunteer Jeff Latzer holds a Manhattan Shelter Dog which, according to an ACC source, was later euthanized for being aggressive.
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By Michael Mullins
Published Fall 2011
Despite a demand for shelter volunteers, NYC’s Animal Care and Control dismissed a long-time, dedicated volunteer last Thursday, sparking a new controversy just days after a heated public board meeting that saw an estimated 100 people denied access because of space limitations and a sizeable street protest that followed. As news of Jeff Latzer’s dismissal spread online, a Facebook page calling for his reinstatement was created. As of 4pm today, over 3,800 people had liked the page.

According to former colleagues, Latzer epitomized the ideal volunteer, spending between 25 and 30 hours a week for the past two and a half years volunteering at the Manhattan shelter, where he was known for working with the most troubled shelter dogs. ACC refused to comment on Latzer’s dismissal, citing confidentiality and privacy issues.

Latzer also declined to comment. Not everyone, however, was unwilling to discuss Latzer’s removal.

“He was truly gifted the way he worked with shelter dogs. He felt every dog deserved a chance, regardless of their behavior... They all loved him,” said an ACC colleague of Latzer’s who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution from shelter management. The sentiment was echoed by another former Latzer colleague, Emily Tanen, who herself was fired May 13 from her position as ACC’s New Hope Liaison.

“He was so patient with the dogs, particularly the challenging cases,” recalled Tanen. “Some dogs were so terrified they wouldn’t leave their cages. Jeff would spend time at their cages, giving them treats, getting them to trust again. He was one of the core shelter volunteers. He was one of the best.”

Latzer’s dismissal is reminiscent of Tanen’s own firing, which was the tipping point for many in the local animal welfare community who couldn’t comprehend why someone, who “went above and beyond in her duties as an AC&C employee” to get animals out from city shelters before they were euthanized, would be terminated.

Similarly, ACC refused to comment on Tanen’s firing, citing personnel matters.

According to Tanen, she was never given a concrete reason for being fired, saying only
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