It's no secret that Maddie's Fund gives large amounts of money distributed through the Mayor's Alliance. Starting in Year 5 of the grant, it became required for the AC&C to have an adoption guarantee for healthy animals - zero healthy deaths.
If they're sick, however, all bets are off.
It seems that Maddie's may have unintentionally created a disincentive for the AC&C to keep animals healthy.
You can find the grant application here, the Zero Healthy Deaths clause can be found on page 25.
Kerry Clair of Middletown, NY's Pets Alive says:
The other thing I believe is that they WANT uri's and other simple illness to run rampant. Remember- their either stats are for HEALTHY dogs. If the dog or cat has the sniffles they don't have to count that animal when they kill it. THIS IS A CRITICAL point.
And for anyone out there that does NOT know, URI (upper respiratory infection) is like a cold to you or me, and is EASILY treatable with a few days of antibiotics.
They let this go because they WANT all the animals they kill to have SOMETHING so that they do not have to mark them down as healthy.
Also remember that EVERY dog that you pull from the CACC comes WITH antibiotics. EVERY one! They come with their paperwork, and antibiotics. So they KNOW this and do nothing ON PURPOSE.
This is a key component.