Thousands have signed an online petition urging the city’s Animal Care and Control to rehire an employee who said she was fired for taking photos of the critters under AC&C’s care.
Supporters of Emily Tanen say she was fired for taking photos of people with the animals and posting them online. People photographed with pets is against shelter rules, Tanen told The New York Times, since viewers might incorrectly assume the animal already has an owner.
Tanen told the Times that she was fired in May. But she says she only posted the shots in a desperate bid to find adopters for pets that were about to be euthanized.
Tanen also told CBS that she was fired after she said the East Harlem shelter was too quick to euthanize animals.
A spokesman for Animal Care and Control told Metro they do not comment on personnel matters.
“The beautiful, clear pictures she took of dogs with volunteers have led many to be adopted,” the petition stated.
Tanen said her photos made the animals appear more adoptable, compared to the grainy images the shelter used.
“I think they just didn’t want photos of animals they were about to kill looking cute,” Tanen told the Times.
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