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City suspends dog fostering program after incident

The Rochester Animal Services Center at 184 Verona St.
Rebecca Rafferty
The Rochester Animal Services Center at 184 Verona St.

Rochester Animal Services suspended its dog fostering program this week after an unspecified incident between a foster dog and another dog, which prompted a review of the program.

“The city is presently reviewing its dog foster program and will not be fostering any additional dogs going forward,” a statement provided by a city spokesperson stated. “Once the city has completed its program review, it will contact current foster care providers with updates.”

The city is not asking foster caregivers to return the dogs to the shelter at 184 Verona St. and said it will continue to abide by the terms of foster agreements currently in place. This includes providing funds for food and medical care for dogs in the program.

“The present practice of fostering dogs presents a significant liability risk to the city,” the statement continued. “In light of this risk, no additional dogs will be fostered until the review is complete.”

The foster program for cats will continue uninterrupted, and the city is encouraging the community to adopt animals that are currently in its care.

The shelter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Arts writer Rebecca Rafferty joined CITY as an arts reporter in 2008 and served as the arts editor from 2017 to 2021. She is co-producer of the art/WORK video series.