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SPCA of CT Opens New Facility in Bethlehem

Following a lease dispute at a Milford kennel and temporarily exceeding the limit of dogs in Monroe, the animal rescue organization successfully moved into its new location on Oct. 8.

SPCA of CT opened a new facility in Bethlehem last Monday, but a dispute over the lease at a Milford kennel forced the dog rescue organization president Fred Acker to move his dogs earlier than he had planned. As a result, Monroe Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said the 29-dog-limit at the Monroe facility at 359 Spring Hill Road was temporarily exceeded over that weekend.

There were 111 dogs at the Monroe kennel at one point, but Acker brought it right back down to 26 on Monday, Oct. 8, when he opened SPCA of CT's new place in Bethlehem. Acker said it has the capacity for 80 dogs.

"I think it's going to be great," Acker said of the place in Bethlehem. "It's more of a permanent change."

In addition to the Monroe and Bethlehem facilities, SPCA of CT also has about a dozen foster homes for its animals, according to Acker.

Of the Monroe limit of 29 dogs, he said, "We're complying with the new regulations. It was just a transition."

Risko said Acker told him the landlord at the Milford kennel wanted to increase the monthly lease SPCA of CT was paying from $2,000 to $6,000, forcing the move.

Monroe Animal Control received several complaints about the SPCA of CT on Spring Hill Road on the weekend of the move, but Risko said about "80-percent" of the complaints came from the owner of the Milford dog kennel.

Because the number of dogs exceeded the 29 outlined in an agreement with the town, Risko said the zoning matter was forwarded to Town Attorney Jack Fracassini.

Lorraine November 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM
One last comment (for now). What happened to the 82 dogs he... replaced, displaced? Had 111 and now has 29...Where'd the go ? How can one man be arrested or sited so many times and NOT be doing something wrong?
keepin it real November 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Shelly and Loraine you must work for him hes record is so long hes a hoarder and needs to be shut down.you can say what you want but the proof is there hes all about the money if he loves the dogs so much how come he doesnt know there names
Lorraine November 13, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I do NOT, would NOT EVER work for someone like that. Please let me be clear, my sympathy goes to Shelly who seems to volunteer due to her love of the animals. Her misguided loyalty to F.A. aside, someone needs to feed, care for and love those poor dogs. I've been one of those volunteers who found out that those I volunteered for were making darn good money off of my sweat & tears. I felt like a fool when I opened my eyes to the fact that those who ran the 'rescue' had kids in private schools and bought new cars because she she didn't like the color of her old one (less than 2 yrs old) anymore.
Angel Cas December 07, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Today my son and I had called the SPCA to inquire about the process of placing my cats up for adoption and had the misfortune of speaking with Fred, A, although my reasons for being forced to give up my pets are due to the development of cat allergies and asthma which i had been suffering with for over a year and to add insult to injury, I lost my job and cannot afford to care for the cats any longer... Instead of finding an understanding ear, we were both met with a barrage of insults and name calling. He claims he has over 200 calls per week and was nothing but rude obnoxious and insulting. I called the SPCA under the misunderstanding, that this so called SPCA was a non profit state run shelter, I called the CT department of Agriculture, who informed me of not only the "SPCA" all for profit "Privately Owned" But also of this "Fred" persons arrest and subsequent charges of animal cruelty, which i then recalled from the local news reports, After my unpleasant discussion with this Fred, A. It does not surprise me that he would be the type of person who would be as mean to animals as he is rude to humans, People like him should never be allowed to keep a field mouse in their care let alone a dog or a cat.
Debbie February 25, 2014 at 03:51 PM
http://www.change.org/petitions/ray-connors-the-state-to-revoke-licenses-in-fred-acker-name-and-to-remove-any-animals-in-his-possession-and-at-the-site-in-monroe-ct-know-as-spca-to-punish-him-to-the-greatest-extent-of-the-law? Please go sign.

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