Animal Care

Hi-Tor animal shelter in Rockland searched amid investigation

POMONA – The Rockland County District Attorney confirmed officers served a warrant on Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, the county’s primary animal shelter, on Wednesday morning but declined to provide details.

“This morning, at approximately 8 a.m., the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant related to an ongoing investigation,” office spokesperson Peter Walker said in an email.  “As this is part of an ongoing investigation, no further information can be released at this time.”

But Rockland County Executive Ed Day, in a separate statement, said the county had expressed concerns about operations at the nonprofit. The animal shelter sits on county-owned land off Firemen’s Memorial Drive in Pomona.

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Day added that the nonprofit is “a contracted agency and not part of Rockland County government.”

Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, Day said, “performs vital services of animal shelter and care in Rockland County and is monitored by the Rockland County Department of Health.”

An ongoing project to rebuild the dilapidated shelter facility includes $6.9 million in Rockland County capital project funding, plus more money from grants and donations.

“Both Hi-Tor management and County government have shared a number of concerns about operations at the shelter and we welcome, support and will cooperate fully with our District Attorney in ensuring whatever concerns are effectively addressed,” Day said in a statement.