"Hempstead Hopefuls" Set For Cross-Country Journey; Pitbull Rescue Group Teams with Town Animal Shelter

For a group of abused and neglected pitbulls, hope started at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. When their previous owners were arrested for allegedly operating a dog-fighting ring, the pitbulls were brought home to a safe haven at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Animal Shelter Director Cindy Iacopella are pleased to announce a new home for the pitbulls, thanks to the efforts of the Villalobos Rescue Center, a pitbull rescue and rehabilitation group based in Los Angeles. The cross-country trip from Southern California to Hempstead Town on Long Island will be the organization's longest journey in making a rescue.

"We are thrilled that these dogs will be taken in by a wonderful organization that provides hope for pitbulls across the country," Murray said. "I commend our Animal Shelter staff, led by Director Cindy Iacopella, for initiating the relationship with Villalobos and for providing a loving home for our furry guests in the meantime."

"These pitbulls will be in loving, caring hands with Villalobos Rescue Center, led by Tia Torres," Iacopella said. "They are getting a second chance to live a loving life with family instead of being subjected to a horrible life of cruelty.

Villalobos credited the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter for taking on the responsibility of caring for these animals and for providing them a chance at getting new homes. The Villalobos Rescue Center appropriately named the group, "The Hempstead Hopefuls."

Iacopella and the Animal Shelter staff reached out to Torres, star of the Animal Planet Series "Pitbulls and Parolees." Torres and her organization happily obliged and is scheduled to arrive in the Town of Hempstead on Nov. 12th, in time for The Bully Breed Brigade 2011.The Bully Breed Brigade 2011, sponsored by the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and Last Hope, Inc., is a day-long event aimed at promoting Pitbull awareness, adoption and welfare. The event will be held on November 13th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh, in between the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and Last Hope Shelter. The day's events include an adoption fair, vendors, trainers, breed advocates, holistic experts, T-touch demos and more. The highlight of the day is at 12:30 p.m., when the Pit Parade of "Ambassadogs" will take place. The dogs will be putting their best paws forward with hopes of adoption.

In addition, the rescue of "The Hempstead Hopefuls" is expected to be taped as a feature on the series "Pitbulls and Parolees."

"We thank Villalobos Rescue Center for teaming with our Shelter and for its dedication to providing loving homes to animals," concluded Murray.