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Mount Vernon NY to close animal shelter, contract with Humane Society

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The Mount Vernon Animal Sanctuary is closing after town officials decided to contract with the Humane Society of Westchester for shelter services.

The city council voted unanimously on Friday to approve the contract and it goes before the acquisition and contract board for final approval on Tuesday.

The contract was negotiated over the past six weeks by Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard’s administration as the condition of the shelter on Garden Avenue deteriorated. The refuge continued to be cited for reports and structural violations by the state Department of Agriculture.

Mount Vernon Animal Sanctuary on Garden Avenue, December 2.  19, 2022. The city is closing the shelter after contracting with the Humane Society of Westchester to manage stray animals and other shelter services.

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The refuge, which opened in 1974, will close at the end of January. Six of the 22 dogs and six of the 31 cats still at the shelter had already been placed with the Humane Society or rescue groups, the mayor said at a news conference on Monday.