Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray introduced the public to some of the 11 dogs that she called the clear victims of animal abuse at the hands of alleged “drug thugs.” Murray said that she was shedding light on the abused animals that were seized in a drug ring sting on Wednesday by the Town of Hempstead Animal Control Officers to increase public awareness of animal abuse and to encourage the public to report the inhumane treatment and abuse of animals.
“These are truly the faces of innocent victims in an underworld of criminal activity in our backyards,” stated Murray. “Reports have stated that these dogs were part of a lucrative dog fighting operation that was run by a ring of alleged drug dealers. Not only are our children under siege by drug peddlers, but innocent animals are being tortured for sport and profit by people without any conscience. We need neighbors to report the abuse of animals. People can do it anonymously, but we have an obligation to the animals and our communities.”
Murray reported that many of the dogs had wounds and scars that were consistent with the use of dogs in fighting contests. Details in news accounts observed that the mouths of “bait dogs” had been stitched shut for training of other dogs that would maul the “bait dogs.”
“This inhumane and evil abuse of animals is indefensible,” stated Murray. “We in Hempstead Town will work with law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office to ensure that all responsible parties in the abuse of these dogs are brought to justice.”
Murray noted that animal behaviorists will assess the dogs and take all possible steps to attempt to resocialize and/or rescue the animals. Animals subject to “dog fighting” abuse are almost always “animal aggressive,” making it difficult for them to be reintegrated into ordinary living situations. However, there are rescue groups that provide specialized housing and safe havens for abused animals. Additionally, Murray expressed optimism that some of the dogs, including a rescued two-month-old male puppy, seized in the sting operation, could lead ‘normal’ and happy lives.
“The abused animals that have been exposed to unspeakable horrors will struggle for the rest of their lives because of the ‘hell’ that they have endured,” stated Murray. “But there is hope for the animals, especially the two-month-old puppy that has been rescued. He is an emblem of hope.”
The dogs that were seized or taken by the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter included:
· One, two-month-old male
· Two, two-year-old females
· Five, two-year-old males
· One, five-year-old female
· One, one-year-old female
· One, two-year-old female
The Supervisor also stated that the allegations detailed in news accounts regarding the large drug ring underscore the need to dedicate more resources in Nassau to the battle against heroin. Murray said that families across Long Island are being destroyed by the drug and even children are being exploited and victimized.
“Not nearly enough is done in the war on heroin,” stated Murray. “We need more resources and greater focus on education and rehabilitation, as well as strong prosecution of the criminals who our poisoning our families.”
“I am begging neighbors who witness animal abuse to call the police and the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter,” concluded Murray. “By speaking up, people can help save the lives of innocent animals.”