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Our four-legged friends at city animal care centers suffer from respiratory disease, consume expired food and live in dirty kennels, according to a new audit by Comptroller Scott Stringer.

“Until we find them forever homes, we have an obligation to provide safe conditions, adequate food and medical treatment to the thousands of animals in the city’s care,” Stringer told The Post.

There are over 20,000 abandoned pets and strays housed in city-contracted shelters — over half have breathing problems, some were given food and treats past their “best by” date, and others lived in kennels with peeling paint and dirty water, according to the audit released Wednesday.

Nearly 60 percent of 30 animals inspected during surprise visits last year had respiratory illnesses from stress, crowding and air quality, the report found.

During the unannounced inspections of about 800 animals at all three borough locations, 15 didn’t have clean water, 48 were in dirty kennels, and 63 food items were expired.

“It appeared that shelter operations staff were not consistently adhering to the organization’s unwritten policy to check expiration dates of food and treats every two weeks while ordering supplies,” according to the audit.

Auditors also found expired medication bottles.

Many of the shelter rooms had high humidity levels, conditions that put animals’ health at risk by spreading bacteria, viruses and fungi. There was also peeling paint, cracks and ceiling repairs needed at about 40 percent of the spaces inspected, the report found.

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Stringer recommended 21 steps the centers should take to improve care including by installing functional humidity monitors, adding a timeframe for repairs, and formalizing policies to discard of old food and medication.

The city pays the controversial nonprofit Animal Care Centers $20 million a year to operate three shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island and two receiving centers in Queens and The Bronx. They house dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, rats, reptiles and other creatures.

“ACC takes tremendous pride in the work we do to serve the people and pets of New York City. From helping keep families together with their pets throughout the pandemic, to expanding our community of animal welfare advocates, we remain steadfast in our mission to end animal homelessness in NYC,” agency spokeswoman Katy Hansen said.

A spokesman for the city’s Health Department, which oversees the animal shelters, responded to the audit by boasting about the 90 percent placement rate for animals in their care.

“ACC is a national model in animal welfare, taking in more than 30,000 animals each year, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to ensure animals in our city find a loving home,” the rep said.

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PETA Confiscates 3 Young Lions from Tiger King Subject Jeff Lowes Zoo

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Three lions have been rescued from the zoo featured in Tiger King.

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On Monday, PETA and The Wild Animal Sanctuary announced that its teams confiscated a trio of young lion siblings from Jeff Lowe's now-defunct G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, which was previously owned by Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic.

The lions are now at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, where they will receive veterinary care. According to PETA, a fourth lion they were hoping to rescue "died under suspicious circumstances, allegedly in August. The group is investigating her death."

"PETA wants to end the G.W. Park's years of tormenting animals," Brittany Peet, PETA Foundation deputy general counsel for captive animal law enforcement, said in a statement, adding about a pending lawsuit: "Avoiding this lawsuit is as simple as letting PETA find new homes for these animals at reputable sanctuaries — and agreeing never to own, exhibit, or have any other contact with ESA-protected animals again."

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Lowe's lawyer and manager did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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PETA & @animalsanctuary worked together to make sure these three siblings were safely removed from the now-shuttered #TigerKing hellhole.

Nala, Leo, and Amelia are now free from notorious animal exploiter Jeff Lowe! https://t.co/T4oRoGxz5P

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Last month, Lowe wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post that the G.W. Exotic Animal Park would officially close its doors "effective immediately."

"The Tiger King phenomenon has definitely changed our lives in many ways," the post read. "It has brought us more attention than any human deserves, good and bad. It has, and probably will continue to make us a target of every nutjob and animal rights loon in the World, but we are prepared."

"It has also provided us with an unfathomable source of income," the post continued. "Income that will guarantee the long term care of our animals and allow us to be very selective going forward."

Lowe said that due to the closure, he has voluntarily forfeited his United States Department of Agriculture exhibitor’s license. However, a USDA report at the time indicated that Lowe’s license was suspended following a July inspection that found multiple violations, including several repeat infractions.

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The USDA inspection found that the park had not followed the proper veterinary or safety programs. In one instance, inspectors discovered that the only refrigerated storage for the animals’ food was a broken refrigerator truck that zoo officials falsely claimed had been fixed.

The closure announcement came nearly two months after Lowe was ordered by a judge to hand over park ownership to Big Cat Rescue's Carole Baskin.

Baskin — who was also featured in Tiger King and is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars — said Big Cat Rescue would aid Lowe in placing the animals in new homes, but he declined her offer, explaining that the animals will be re-homed at his new Tiger King Park, which is set to open in Thackerville, Oklahoma, in September. There, Lowe plans to film a new reality series alongside wife Lauren.

"It'll be our narrative on the Tiger King with evidence to support our sides of the stories. And it will be about the transfer of all these beautiful animals from Joe's facility to the new facility," Lowe told PEOPLE in June.

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