Stamford Fires Manager Of Animal Control Center After Dog Bite Probe

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Laurie Hollywood, manager of Stamford's Animal Control Center, has been fired after she allegedly adopted out dogs with a history of biting and aggression in violation of city policies.
Laurie Hollywood, manager of Stamford's Animal Control Center, has been fired after she allegedly adopted out dogs with a history of biting and aggression in violation of city policies. Photo Credit: Stamford Animal Friends & Advocates Facebook Page

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The manager of Stamford's Animal Control Center has been fired after a city investigation found that the facility was allowing dogs to be adopted without informing the new owners of the animals' history of biting and aggression.

Several of the people who adopted dogs were bitten by the animals, including one person who was seriously injured and had to be treated at the hospital, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the City of Stamford. 

The statement also announced that Laurie Hollywood had been fired and that a task force was created to review the center's policies.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Hollywood has been the manager/animal control officer at Stamford Animal Control Center since March 2005.

The city's Human Resources Department conducted the investigation. A police investigation is ongoing as well. No results of that probe have been released.

The city investigation found that Hollywood adopted out dogs with a history of biting despite two prior warnings from the state not to do so, according to the statement.

The victims from one dog included a child, adults and other dogs. The manager also failed to report dog bites and injuries on multiple occasions and failed to take action, the city said.

One of the dogs that was adopted out had bitten three police officers in the past, according to the report.

The city also said Hollywood caused a false official city record to be created to cover up the adopting out of a dog with a documented history of biting.

Hollywood had practiced veterinary medicine without having a valid license and was investigated by the state Department of Public Health, the city said. 

The city also says she did not appropriately manage volunteers and allowed them to assume responsibilities that should be discharged only by an animal control officer.

The investigation began April 18 after multiple complaints about the center. Hollywood was placed on leave on May 2.

On Tuesday, the human resource investigation ended with the recommendation that the police chief fire Hollywood.

Read the full statement from the City of Stamford, including incidents involving dog bites, below.

Attached: Read the full City of Stamford release including incidents involving dog bites (city_releases_information_regarding_animal_control_center_investigation.pdf)

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Stamford is corrupt. This was a pre-planned move by a spineless mayor to avoid building a shelter and to give a cops kid a job. I hope the actors were paid well and I hope Stamford can afford the lawsuit. Very surprised newspapers are not actually "investigating" , oh wait that would require work. Anyway as we watch Stamford go back to the dark ages, drop off dog, have it killed, I want to also say thank you to Laurie, here are some stats that helped Stamford become one of the most respected shelters in the State - guess we can toss that title now.

Thank you Laurie Hollywood for not placing time stamps on the foreheads of the many animals you placed.

1,458 dogs
1,399 cats
64 rabbits
52 birds
25 hamsters
7 guinea pigs
5 ferrets
3 pigs
8 reptiles
10 roosters & chickens
1 goose
1 hedgehog
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3,033 in total