Activists Rally Against Hempstead Animal Shelter Citing Alleged Abuses

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — More than three hundred people showed up to a protest against the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter Saturday. Many animals activists brought along their pets as they waved banners demanding changes in practices and policies at the shelter.

The rally, organized by the group Hope for Hempstead Shelter, was in part sparked by a Youtube video released earlier this week.  The video, said to be several years old, allegedly shows a shelter official, Patricia Horan, saying “kill the kitty, kill the kitty,” before a kitten was euthanized.

Hope for Hempstead Shelter described the cat in the video as a “seemingly healthy, domestic kitten.”

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The protesters said they wanted to see reform at the shelter, where they contend many animals were being euthanized and people were being prevented from rescuing them.

“That’s why we’re here now because we have no voice for the animals anymore, we have no eyes to help us to help the animals,” one woman told 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney.

1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney speaks with protesters at the rally

Others said they’d seen firsthand evidence of abuse at the facility.

“All I can tell you…that I saw is that more than 50 percent of the dogs had raw, red feet.  Now that doesn’t happen by chance for 50 percent of the dogs, that’s from bleach,” another woman at the rally said.

In a news release, The Town of Hempstead addressed the Youtube video along with the allegations of abuse and said town officials were “shocked” by it.  They also called the video “appalling” and pointed out that the acting shelter director seen in the video was reassigned pending an investigation.

One woman at the rally said that the shelter was prohibiting animal rescuers from entering and trying to help.

“There’s people in the community that are begging to go in there to help.  Even if it is to walk the dogs,” she said.

Mike Deary, the Director of Communications for the Town of Hempstead, said officials were committed to ensuring the humane treatment and care of the animals at the shelter.

“The Town of Hempstead is looking to give the absolute, best care and treatment to animals at its shelter and we’re looking to find them loving homes and that’s what we’re focused on,” he told 1010 WINS on Saturday.

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  • charlie

    Do any of you sheep know how many animals were put to death with Diane Maddens name on the orders to do so, so much for no-kill !! keep listening to Madden and her cronies and you’ll never know the truth, get a life you bunch of sheep.

    • Rita

      she was a volunteer and had no authority to put animals down You Kate Murray TROLL! She saved the animals that your pals wanted to put down!!

      • Lori Testut

        oh, sorry, about the mistake. I was taught to QUESTION my authorities.

    • LT

      Charlie, I just was wondering what the “sheep’ thing means. Like, what are ‘sheep’?

  • L. Testut

    Where is Kate Murray on this matter? She has the authority to proclaim the Town Shelter as a no-kill. Why would she remain silent? Is she a kitty killer?
    We can change this shelter to a no-kill if we continue working on that.
    L. Testut
    madame birdee trapcage rescue

    • L. Testut

      I would like to tell people that my rescue was involved with the Town shelter back in 2004, when they were still allowing rescues to adopt cats from the back room. At that time, I worked with Lucille Difima for a few weeks, and was taking out some adult cats on death row. It was so difficult, like some military operation. It was so difficult that it fell apart. I am sorry that it fell apart, because I want to save their lives. If there is any way I could help, I will. But I am fostering cats, and I am up to my neck in work. I hope we will force this Town of Hempstead to go NO-KILL. I would hope that would be our end result. I am grateful to you for keeping against the killing at this shelter. Thank you for your service.

      L. Testut
      madame birdee trapcage rescue

  • Danielle

    ALERT Town Board Meeting Tuesday March 22nd at 10:30 am (behind town hall) @ Nathan Bennet Pavillion 1 Washington Street Hempstead NY. Come out, be heard, demand change. Every body is needed. I agree with post, there needs to be an oversight committee and an audit on how our taxpayer money is being used and our animals abused.

  • colleen lavoie

    Was just surfing web for cute kitten youtube ,and oh my ! What do I read? Such a sad act.I hope you get all the help your town can for this!Justis for the animals!

  • D Bennett

    If the town of Hempstead gave a rats ass. they would have made changes years ago. SHAME ON YOU

  • Bonnie Brumbalough Carlson

    I’m finally glad to see that action is being take to get Pat Horan removed from this shelter -but she’s not the only one, the whole bunch should be removed and prosecuted for animal abuse – only then will I be satisfed regarding this whole sordid mess. These poor helpless, neglected animals who have no one to love them or give them a home, at least deserves to die with dignity.

  • C. Cuomo

    Patricia Horan should not only be fired, but charges should be brought against her for animal cruilty. The Town of Hempstead should be ashamed of hiring a person who not only has no feelings for these living creatures, but who is
    seemingly enjoying her abusing them. She has a serious problem & should never be allowed to be around animals period!

  • edgewoodpreserve

    She is not the only one that needs to be fired. And there needs to be a lot more transparency — there should be a citizens council in EVERY town animal shelter as a watchdog group to make sure animals in all town shelters are cared for properly and our money is being used for the right reasons.

  • Diane Ashley

    Signing now and passing on! ; )

  • Jaclyn

    It may be helpful for viewers to know there is a petition on that supports the firing of Pat Horan for her disgusting behavior. Many signatures are still needed!

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