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CONTINUED - Julie Bank resigns…Part III
By Michael Mullins
Published October 23, 2012
Despite the public outrage expressed by many towards Bank over the course of her term, she, as well as ACC as a whole, still had support from two of the city’s largest animal welfare organizations, the ASPCA and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals.

In large part this support stemmed from the fact that while Bank was at the helm shelter euthanasia and in-take rates continued a downward trend in 2010 and 2011. Critics are quick to point out that this reduction stems from the shelter having cut back on services during most of this time due to budgetary cuts discussed earlier. For example, as of December, 2010, animal control officers no longer picked up stray cats unless injured or posing a public health risk, thereby reducing the in-take and euthanasia rate.

At the same time, adoption rates also fell during Bank’s time as executive director, which she attributed to a poor economy and local market saturation of pets.

Regarding Bank’s resignation, the DOH released a statement in which it described Bank as a “valued leader over the past three years.”
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