January 24, 2011
A week after 16 abused and neglected animals were rescued from a Rockville Centre home by the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, the pets are much improved and ready to be adopted by loving families. The original owners have forfeited their custody rights to the animals. As a result, the town can begin to place the pets for adoption.
"Just a week after they were rescued from a filthy house of horrors, these wonderful dogs and cats 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 14th, Hempstead Town Animal Control Officers rescued the profoundly neglected and abused animals from squalid conditions while the carcasses of 26 less fortunate victims littered the filthy residence. The dehydrated, emaciated animals were transported to Hempstead's Animal Shelter for examination and treatment by a veterinarian before being groomed and cleaned. Animals rescued from the house included six chihuahuas, three dachshunds, a Yorkshire terrier, an English Bulldog, a Shih Tzu, a Boxer and two cats. Animal shelter staff worked late into the evening to remove matted hair and clean feces and urine encrusted fur from the dogs.
For the past week, the shelter staff has provided the animals with love and attention while nursing them back to health. Now that the Town of Hempstead has legally gained ownership of the pets, they are ready to be adopted.
"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."