Meriden Humane Society to hold protest to keep animal shelter

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MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Meriden Humane Society asks for the public’s support during a protest starting Friday afternoon.

The Meriden Humane Society is looking to rally the community together to prevent their animal shelter from being forced out of a building owned by the city.

The shelter was founded back in 1893, and has been occupying the current building since 2004 for just $1 a month.

The city decided not to renew the lease, and has given the organization 120 days to find a new place to stay.

City officials expressed concern about the inside of the building being unsanitary, and overpopulated with animals.

The humane society wants Meriden’s City Manager Guy Scaife and Mayor Kevin Scarpati to reconsider their decision, and hear out their concerns.

The potential closure puts dozens of animals in danger of being homeless and possibly euthanized. It is important for the community to speak out and be the voice for these helpless animals.

The humane society says they plan for their protest to be peaceful. Anyone who wishes to participate can go to Meriden City Hall on 142 East Main Street. The first protest will take place on Friday starting at noon, and will be held again on Saturday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Participants can stay as long as they like, and are encouraged to bring their pets.