Animal shelter protesters: Hi-Tor is 'in chaos right now'

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Former staff, volunteers and community members again protested the conditions at Rockland County’s Hi-Tor Animal Shelter and the firing of the shelter’s former manager.

Dozens braved the pouring rain to protest outside Rockland County Executive Ed Day’s office Tuesday. The former staff and volunteers want their jobs back and guarantees for the safety of the animals at the shelter.

Former manager Michael Sanducci says he was terminated by the shelter’s board of directors for job abandonment nearly two weeks ago. Sanducci says he was let go after he and his staff locked up the shelter for an hour late last month so that they could protest conditions at the shelter to Day.

Sanducci says that not only was he wrongfully terminated, but that there was also discrimination the workplace, health and safety hazards, and that the shelters board of directors do not know how to take care of the animals.

The county says the shelter is clean and safe, but the protesters disagree. Also, the board tells News 12 that officials don't plan on changing the its no kill policy, but many of the protesters fear that is not the case.

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