WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Five dead animals and 17 severely neglected dogs were found in what officials called a “grisly” scene at a home in Rockville Centre.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray said the surviving dogs are being treated for a variety of health conditions.
“Six of the Cocker Spaniels were severely matted, one is pregnant, one has three legs, and one is a six-week-old puppy,” Murray said. “We are certainly going to fight very hard for these survivors.
Town of Hempstead Animal Control officers made the discovery on Wednesday. Murray said the animals and home were in terrible shape.
“There were horrific conditions, there was urine and feces throughout the home – clearly a home that has been severely neglected, along with the beautiful animals that live there,” she said.
The surviving animals were taken to Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh, and officials are asking residents to help prevent similar tragedies from happening.
“These five beautiful animals must not have died in vain. We are calling on all people who ‘see something’ to ‘say something’ and report suspected animal abuse or neglect, so this type of tragedy never happens again,” Murray said.