New York Responds To Animal Group’s Complaint


New York magazine’s response to a letter from the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, via communications manager Lauren Starke:

New York magazine received the letter from Jane Hoffman this morning, and told her that we didn’t see a reason for a correction to Arianne Cohen‘s piece “The Doggie-Doom Disparity.” It’s plain to see by comparing Hoffman’s letter and the piece that nothing was incorrect, or correctable.

The article states outright in the first paragraph that euthanasia rates are down 37 percent, and emphasizes that Mary Martin is well liked. As for Hoffman’s distinction between healthy animals and treatable animals, in our interviews with Ed Sayres he specifically included treatable animals, stating, “Our timeline is 2010; as you handle animals with more and more complexities, you need more time.” Lastly, although her internal funding cycles have shifted significantly, the overriding statement — that Hoffman’s organization stated a “No Kill 2008” goal — remains.

We told Hoffman that we are pleased to run an edited version of her letter for the issue out Monday that emphasizes the good work the Alliance is doing.


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