February 02, 2011
After more than a dozen neglected animals were rescued from a barricaded and unkempt Rockville Centre home by the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, the pets are much improved and ready to be adopted by loving families. The original owner forfeited her custody rights to the animals. As a result, the town can begin to place the pets for adoption.
"These wonderful dogs with resilient spirits are much healthier and happier thanks to the true compassion and care of the animal shelter staff," Supervisor Kate Murray said. "Now, they're looking for loving homes!"
On January 12th, Hempstead Town Animal Control Officers were called to a Rockville Centre home to rescue 17 severely neglected dogs. Beckoned by village police, employees of the town shelter were shocked to discover the live, but profoundly neglected dogs as well as five dead animals. The dogs were transported to the town's animal shelter where they received medical attention and thorough cleaning and grooming. A pregnant cocker spaniel was taken to the Long Island Veterinary Specialists to receive emergency medical care and recently gave birth to four healthy puppies.
"For the past two weeks, the shelter staff has provided the animals with love and attention while nursing them back to health," Councilwoman Angie Cullin said. "Now that the Town of Hempstead has legally gained ownership of the pets, they are ready to be adopted."
The rescued pets include seven females and five males ranging in age from one to seven years. The group of canine refugees available for adoption includes 12 cocker spaniels, a black Labrador and a papillon.
"Thanks to the caring shelter workers, the animals are ready to begin a new life in a loving home," Murray said. "Anyone interested in adopting these wonderful pets can call the Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220."