MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Meriden Humane Society has been around since 1893. In 2004 they moved into a building owed by the city and leased it for $1 a year. The city didn’t renew the lease and now wants the Meriden Humane Society out for several reasons.
“There were far too many animals in the facility. The building has a foul smell. I thought there was an obvious and blatant hygiene issue,” Meriden City Manager, Guy Scaife said.
“The reasons that we were given is that we have a contentious relationship with the city, but aside from that the city doesn’t like that we have free roaming cats. They believe all of our animals should be in cages,” said Alysia Robinson, who volunteers at the shelter.
Robinson says the city does not see eye-to-eye on how they run things. The city manager told News 8 it is run more like a sanctuary.
“We are hoping for miracle donor to come forward and we are hoping that we can convince the city to changes their minds,” she said.
“There are standards national standards that says if you are going to have a roam-free environment you need to allow X amount of space,” Scaife added.
Locals who donate to the shelter are heartbroken to hear the news.
“It’s sad because I have contributed here and brought in little animals,” said Mary Charpentier.
Last year, the shelter found 1,500 animals a place to live. Right now, the shelter has about 16 dogs and 85 cats.
“We have to adopt them out at this point,” Robinson said.
“We can’t ethically take something in not knowing in a 120 days what the outcome will be for this animal,”said Kim Carrier, who also volunteers at the shelter.
The city is giving the shelter 120 days to find a new space. For now, volunteers can’t accept anymore animals.