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New Bedford Animal Control Officer helps animals across the country

NEW BEDFORD — As the city’s animal control officer for 24 years, Manny Maciel has a passion for local animals, but he also uses his vacation time to help with animal crisis situations nationwide. . Recently returned from Nevada, Maciel helped the ASPCA in an animal cruelty case involving nearly 300 Neglected Caucasian Shepherds.

Last month, Maciel worked in Virginia with the human society of the United States saving 4,000 beagles of a mass breeding facility. Last year around this time it was Louisiana with the American Humane Society, after Hurricane Ida where Maciel remembers the long hours spent in a drysuit. With passion in his voice, he spoke of the rescue of a woman and her dog in five feet of water, “those rescues give you the energy and the fire you need to keep going”.

During his animal deployment missions, he said he brings part of New Bedford with him. “I have my friends and family cheering me on,” and when it’s over, “I bring back knowledge of how things are done nationally and bond with these organizations, which in turn help us when we are in need,” Maciel said in reference to the Westport Animal Cruelty case in which the ASPCA helped facilitate the removal of animals from the farm.

Maciel points out that these animal missions, which bring these crucial connections and knowledge to New Bedford, would not be possible without its amazing staff: Shelley Avila-Martins and Brandon George.

Partnership with Forever Paws Animal Shelter

Forever Paws Animal ShelterMaciel’s relationship began to blossom when he proposed that the shelter bid for the New Bedford shelter contract.

Since becoming the New Bedford Animal Sanctuary, Fall River Paws has gained an invaluable asset to Maciel. Gail Furtado, president of the shelter’s board of directors, pointed to many instances in which Maciel has come to the shelter’s rescue. One day when the shelter had no electricity or backup generator, Maciel arrived with a large van to warm the staff and animals.

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Through the relationships he cultivated with different organizations, he was able to ensure that the shelter had all the supplies needed to care for the animals amid the COVID shortages. In winter, when the shelter employees are snowed in, he is the one who will go to the shelter to clear the snow and make sure the animals are safe until the staff can arrive. Maciel even brings his cooking skills to the table to help with fundraisers that raise much-needed funds for the shelter.

“He knows everything about each animal and helps in any way he can – whether during his working hours or after – you can always count on him,” Furtado said.

New Bedford Animal Control director Emmanuel Maciel releases Slinky from his cage in his Kempton Street office in New Bedford.  Slinky is a ferret he rescued when he was found in a dumpster by a townsman.

Forever Paws Humanitarian Award

It’s no surprise that Forever Paws chose Maciel to receive their Hearts for Paws Humanitarian Award on September 24 at their 26th donation celebration. This award is for those who have “let their hearts loose by showing incredible compassion, charitable work, and making a positive difference in the lives of every animal at Forever Paws Animal Shelter.”

After receiving this award, Maciel said, “To be recognized for a passion that I love is great, it’s an honor to receive this award. I don’t do what I do for awards, it’s all about passion for animals, and this award isn’t just mine, it’s for all my staff – we have it for the city .”

Furtado described Maciel as follows: “The renaissance man of the animal world, he is truly an integral part of the team and we are blessed and honored to have a partnership with him.”