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Nov 14, 2010

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Rescuers say animals have been subjected to severe neglect and horrific abuse at the Hempstead Animal Shelter.

Three volunteers have claimed that they witnessed workers beating some animals and leaving others to die in their cages.

 

In addition to calling life in the shelter "deplorable and despicable", among the allegations are: dogs being abused, kicked into kennels, hung by leashes, left emaciated, left sick laying in their own blood and feces, and even allegations of euthanasia without cause (dogs have been killed for simply being afraid).

 

When asked why they didn't come forward with the abuse allegations before a hearing, the volunteers and rescue workers said they feared retribution from shelter workers. The volunteers have currently been banned from the shelter.

 

In the news:

 

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/11/10/l-i-volunteers-accuse-shelter-of-mistreating-animals/

 

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/local_news/long_island/hempstead-animal-shelter-shuts-out-volunteers-20101109

 

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-beat/Criminal-Probe-Abuse-Allegations-Swirl-Around-Animal-Shelter-106999399.html

 

 

The Nassau County district attorney has launched a criminal probe into how the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter runs its operation. The DA's office confirmed the investigation but refused further comment.

Ask that the DA conducts a thorough investigation into the animal abuse allegations:

http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/da/contact.html

 

Town Supervisor Kate Murray has refused to say whether the banned volunteers were the focus of the probe.  All she would confirm is that the investigation is administrative in nature and not the result of abuse allegations. "Quite frankly, this is the first I've heard of these (abuse) allegations," Murray told reporters.  "I am in the shelter quite often and have never seen anything like that. But we take the allegations seriously and will investigate them."  Murray has said that they will take the appropriate steps if necessary. "We're going to be doing a top to bottom investigation, we take it very seriously."

To contact the Town Hall for further information on the progress of the investigation and to insist that they do take firm action against these allegations:

http://townofhempstead.org/content/home/contact.html

(Messages received will be answered by letter or by phone)

 

 

To contact the Shelter:

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Avenue

Wantagh(516) 785-5220

Email: ashelter@tohmail.org

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