Hempstead Town Response to Animal Shelter Video

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has reacted with shock and dismay over the actions contained in a 17-year-old video filmed at the township's animal shelter. The Supervisor has responded swiftly, reassigning the shelter's acting director Pat Horan to a position outside of the shelter pending the outcome of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the video.

Supervisor Murray stated that she has taken immediate action on this matter to ensure that animals at the town's shelter receive the highest quality of care.

The video shows a former private (non-town) animal hospital employee handling a cat and a town kennel worker who has not worked for the town in over 16 years. An off-camera voice is heard uttering an ugly and unacceptable phrase. An interview with Pat Horan, titled as the source of the off-camera phrase, has been met with an emphatic denial that her voice was on the video.

Additionally, the town will be conducting a search for an animal shelter director immediately.