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Animal Control Officers Make ‘Grisly’ Discovery At L.I. Home

5 Animals Found Dead, 17 Severely Neglected Animals Rescued From Rockville Centre Home

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.

  • CT

    Let’s hope that whoever prosecutes this case (I’m being hopeful here, that it WILL be prosecuted) will also ask that the owners be banned from ever owning dogs again. It appears that their abuse and mistreatment of dogs has gone back decades.

  • DQ Pest Control

    There is something very wrong here. The article makes no mention of whether charges were brought against the home owner.

    • CT

      I totally agree… when will you be doing a follow-up story, about the prosecution of the person who did these horrible crimes of animal cruelty?

  • Zohira

    I would like to adopt a puppy can you please notify me of where they will be placed for adoption.

  • adem

    how can i adopt one of these animals??

    • CT

      Go to your local animal control, and look over the dogs and puppies there. They may (or may not) be the ones in the story, but they have been rescued from other awful conditions and are awaiting good, kind, loving homes! Don’t wait… go tomorrow!!

  • christine

    i remember when i was a kid and walking by that house. i used to hold my nose cause all you could smell is cat urine….and that was 20 years ago!!!!!!!

  • Lisa

    This is so sad – let’s hope The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter stepa up to the plate as they were just in the news for neglecting , abusing and killing animals in their care. These dogs need a chance in llife – Town officials probe abuse claims against Hempstead animal shelter
    (11/10/10) HEMPSTEAD – Volunteers at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter claim the animals have been beaten, abused and left to die in their cages.

    Volunteers testified at a town board meeting yesterday about the alleged abuse at the hands of the town employees, some of whom make a reported six-figure salary. The volunteers say dogs were beaten at the shelter and that one was even bleached to death by a disgruntled kennel worker.

    Officials say three volunteers have been banned from working at the shelter pending an ongoing investigation by the town and county.

    Town Supervisor Kate Murray says there is an investigation of the administration at the shelter.

    • ET

      what is WRONg with the neighbors!!!!!!!! someone should have called authorities not just complained about the smell among themselves…. SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING. people need to be involved in there communities

    • CT

      Sounds like these dogs are going from neglect-by-owner to neglect-cruelty-by-shelter. Maybe this is why people don’t report these situations… because the alternative is worse? Please, clean up your own act before pointing fingers at others! Once the shelter becomes a trusted place, then the citizens will stand up to support it!!

  • JD

    Dave and Lilly – Absolutely agree with you. We can only hope someone with authority is reading these posts. The cruel abuser’s picture should be posted for all to see so shame can be placed on their face. They should lose everything, pay a huge fine and spend time in jail. All properties found to be used in this manner, should be taken over by the State and in turn used as a facility to treat and care for neglected animals. Turn bad into good at the cost of the abuser. Animals are so innocent – they just want to love and to be loved. The neglect and abuse of animals will continue until the punishment for the crime takes a big bite out of the abusers’ freedom and finances.

  • pogo the clown

    Those poor dogs. I hate hearing stories like this.

    I’ve always believed that a dog’s purpose in life is simply to give love – that is all they want to do, and all they ask in return.

    I pray the surviving dogs find loving homes.

  • Lilly

    Dave is absolutely right. These animal abusers are getting off lightly. There should be a registry like the one for sex offenders. Those poor dogs. The owner should serve jail time.

  • Dave

    Save the animals, Burn the house down, Home owners deserve 10years atleast in prison. Thats the world i want

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