Vincent Medley

Monster Hired to Run Philadelphia’s Animal Shelter


Vincent Medley, who abused and tortured dogs at San Antonio Animal Care, has now been selected to run Philadelphia’s animal shelter

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After his appointment to Philadelphia he was asked but declined to respond to an online accusation of  “blatant cruelty” as dogs were removed from a hoarder’s house in 2013, saying he didn’t recall it.

the following is an article regarding his appointment as leader of  Philadelphia’s ACCT taken from here

Vincent Medley

“The fourth leader since 2007 of the Animal Care and Control Team, Philadelphia’s animal shelter, will be Vincent Medley, who has been assistant director of animal care services for San Antonio, Texas, for seven years.

He succeeds Sue Cosby, who left in March. Medley starts Nov. 2.

Even before Cosby’s departure, the city began a national search, which has taken about eight months. The first deadline for selecting a new executive director was extended, said David Wilson, the first deputy to the managing director who supervises ACCT, because the city wanted a larger pool of applicants. More than 70 people applied.

During his tenure in San Antonio, the 43-year-old Medley is credited with having a substantial role in increasing the live release rate from 31 percent to 81 percent, which is higher than Philly’s. “Live release” refers to animals that leave the shelter alive, to adoptive homes or rescue groups.

Prior to San Antonio, Medley was the field operations manager for the Houston Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. He started as an animal control officer in Dallas.

When he was interviewed face-to-face several times during an all-day session, that was the first time the Detroit native had been in Philadelphia.

In a brief conversation, Medley wished to postpone an in-depth discussion of his plans until after his arrival.

He declined to respond to an online accusation of “blatant cruelty” as dogs were removed from a hoarder’s house in 2013, saying he didn’t recall it.

Wilson said the report was known to the city, had been examined and “it did not come to anything that was of tremendous concern.” I checked a newspaper account of the incident and I agree with the city’s assessment, but I am dubious Medley couldn’t recall it.

Medley has no contract, is an at-will employee tasked with increasing live release numbers at ACCT.

Last year’s live-release rate was 71 percent for dogs and 74 percent for cats. That’s up from the 2013 rate of 64 percent for dogs and 66 percent for cats.

Wilson cited Medley’s personality and experience as big factors in his selection, plus “his background in urban settings set him apart from other candidates.”

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Help Us Welcome ACCT Philly’s New Executive Director, Vincent Medley

This is another story showing Vincent Medley’s indifference toward animals and why he should not be allowed to work with animals.

Mother giving birth saved from unfounded call for euthanasia

Mother and 11 pups on their way out of ACS

June 13, 201111:31 PM MST
Kelly Walls
Mother and 11 pups on their way out of ACS

San Antonio Animal Care Services is abusive to dogs

Please Read and Take Action:

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013 when Vincent Medley, San Antonio Animal Care Services Assistant Director, dragged frightened dogs from a home during a seizure.

Instead of bringing crates to the dogs, Medley and his sadistic employees utilized catch poles and rope nooses to parade the seized dogs in front of media cameras.

Watch the cruelty here:

Medley noted in multiple media reports that ACS was aware of this neglect and cruelty case for months and even a year. Yet ACS still allowed the owner to continue to abuse and mistreat these poor dogs.

ACS has a documented history of abusive handling of animals under Medley’s leadership. Accordingly, Medley needs to be fired and charged with animal cruelty.

Most likely, ACS will kill the seized dogs instead of releasing them to rescue. As long as the dogs are considered evidence in an ongoing investigation, it is easier for ACS to claim the dogs had “issues” that required immediate euthanasia instead of holding the dogs for the duration of the investigation. Mark my words.

Please email San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s Chief of Staff at Ask that the mayor instruct ACS Director Kathy Davis to charge Vincent Medley with animal cruelty and to immediately fire him. Also ask the that the dogs be evaluated by an independent vet before euthanizing them.


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