EAST HANOVER — Friendly protesters continued for the second week along Route 10 in front of Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, on Sunday, September 27.
The number of protesters doubled in strength from last week, but their message was very clear: “Save the Animals – Stop Animal Abuse, “Stop the Abuse,” “Honk to end Abuse,” “Animals denied Medicines and Vaccines,” “Animal Welfare Over Profit,” “Save the Animals at Mt. Pleasant Shelter,” “Animals Denied Vet Care,” “No Kill, Check the Freezer,” and “Fire Maureen.” The Maureen they are referring to is Maureen Ryan-Van Artsdalen. Van Artsdalen was hired as Executive Director on January 2, 2019.
Recently, Henry J. Ristuccia, President, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter Board of Directors announced on Wednesday, September 23 that Executive Director Maureen Van Artsdalen has taken a leave of absence while the shelter’s board of directors works on engaging a third-party animal welfare expert to review shelter operations. (Click here to read article)