07/10/2014 BOSTON, MA Adoption Supervisor Naomi Johnston (cq) plays with Camilla (cq), a 5 year old pit bull mix, at the Animal Rescue League of Boston (cq). Camilla was just taken from the Boston animal shelter on June 27th. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Adoption Supervisor Naomi Johnston plays with Camilla, a 5-year-old pit bull mix, at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Camilla was just taken from the Boston animal shelter on June 27th.
(Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

An animal shelter in Roslindale is under investigation and Boston’s animal control director was suspended after the Boston Animal Rescue League warned the city that the conditions at the shelter were “disturbing.”

The Boston Globe reported that inside the shelter, which is operated by the city and located at 26 Mahler Rd., dogs were howling, many animals did not having bedding or toys, there was out-of-date medication and stale food on the shelves, and that record-keeping was sporadic.

When the ARL notified they city, they described the shelter as being in crisis, according to the report. As a result, the report continued, 35 animals were moved to other shelters, all 78 of the remaining animals were thoroughly examined, and Mark Giannangelo, Boston’s acting director of animal control, was suspended with pay.

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Mark Giannangelo, Boston’s acting director of animal control, has been suspended with pay while the city investigates. He could not be reached for comment Thursday. He has worked for the city since 1997. Giannangelo has been acting director of animal control for some time, though it could not be determined when he took the position.

The Walsh administration appointed John Meaney interim director of animal control. Meaney, who had been director of environmental services at the city’s Inspectional Services Department, has spent significant time at the shelter in the last week, officials said.

The shelter manager, Cedric Harrington, and other employees remain in their posts. The city is waiting for an assessment by the Animal Rescue League before taking additional action, according to Walsh’s spokeswoman.

Mayor Marty Walsh has asked that the Animal Rescue League follow up and “perform a comprehensive assessment of the shelter.” That review is expected to be completed next week, according to The Globe report.