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Santino Seeks New Homes For 15 Dogs Rescued From Reported Neglect

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Supervisor Anthony J. Santino stood at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, surrounded by 15 dogs that were rescued from what has been described as “unsanitary living conditions” at a Merrick house, asking the public to open their hearts and homes to the loving pets. The dogs, which are available for adoption, were recovered by the town’s animal control officers and have received intensive care by the officers, shelter volunteers, employees and a veterinarian. Joining Santino at a press briefing were Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad.

“These 15 dogs are reported to have lived in less than ideal conditions, but we are proud to welcome them into the safety of our Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter,” stated Santino. “We encourage residents to find it in their hearts to visit the shelter and give these wonderful dogs the loving homes they deserve.”

A news report stated that, “…police found… 15 dogs in ‘unsanitary living conditions,’ including dog feces and urine on the floor of their home…” Town of Hempstead Animal Control Officers rescued the dogs on Tuesday, July 12th. The group of animals consists of nine males and six females, ranging in age from six months to five years (estimated).

The dogs, 10 schnauzers, 4 Jack Russell terriers and a chihuahua, appear to be healthy, weighing around 10 pounds each. All of the animals were examined by a veterinarian and have been cleaned, received fresh bedding and proper nourishment. The dogs have also been lavished with attention by shelter volunteers, workers and the media.

“I am pleased that the dogs appear to be in good health,” said D’Esposito. “They deserve to be placed in loving homes, and we are committed to that goal.”

Supervisor Santino reminded residents that all pet adoptions are currently free as part of the town’s “Summer of Love” pet adoption program. All adoptions include spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations and microchipping.

The Town of Hempstead has more than 150 cats and dogs that are available for adoption. Residents can read profiles of the pets at and on the shelter’s Facebook page at

“You never like to hear or read reports about animals living in poor conditions,” concluded Santino. “But, thanks to the efforts of dedicated Hempstead Town Shelter staff and volunteers, these 15 dogs should soon be living in new, loving homes.”
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