Meet 45 Dogs Rescued from Deplorable Living Conditions; Santino Says Animals May Soon Be Up for Adoption at Town Shelter

Just one week after the Town of Hempstead seized 15 canines from reported neglect, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced that America’s largest township has rescued another 45 dogs from conditions that have been described as deplorable at an East Meadow home. At a Monday press event alongside Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Nassau SPCA President Gary Rogers, Santino announced that these dogs are now safe at the town’s animal shelter, and encouraged residents to help give these dogs the loving homes they deserve.

“These 45 dogs were living in conditions that reportedly included the stench of urine and piles of animal feces,” stated Santino. “But we are pleased to announce that these dogs are now safe, friendly, appear to be in good health and may soon be ready to be adopted into permanent homes.”

News reports indicated that conditions were so poor at the East Meadow home that rescuers were forced to don hazmat suits to protect themselves, and even had to use an infrared camera to locate the dogs among piles of debris.

The rescued dogs are comprised of 21 males and 24 females, ranging in age from three months to six years. There are 17 terrier mixes, 17 shih tzus, seven maltese mixes, two poodle mixes, one yorkie mix and one fox terrier. All of the animals have been examined by a veterinarian and have been cleaned, received fresh bedding and proper nourishment.

The town’s animal shelter is currently accepting applications for adoption of the 45 canines. Once cleared by behaviorists, veterinarians and upon “release” by authorities that are investigating issues surrounding the animals, they will be fully adoptable. Officials are hopeful that all hurdles are cleared and the pets can be given to new owners within several days.

“I want to compliment the hard-working Animal Control Officers and Building Department Inspectors who helped rescue the dogs,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “Because of their efforts, these animals have a chance at a happy future.”

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.

“Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and the Town of Hempstead should be applauded for their efforts in rescuing, cleaning, and for the love and attention these animals have received since they were removed from the house,” said Gary Rogers, President of the Nassau SPCA. “We commend the town for caring for all animals in Nassau County’s largest municipal shelter.”

On July 12th, Town of Hempstead Animal Control Officers rescued an additional 15 dogs from what news reports described as “unsanitary living conditions.” Supervisor Santino and town officials reached out to residents, rescue groups and the news media in an effort to help find permanent homes for the dogs. All of them have since been adopted.  

Residents interested in adopting any of the 45 rescued dogs – or other animals at the town shelter – are encouraged to visit the shelter at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. Neighbors can also visit the shelter’s website at www.toh.li/animal-shelter, Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TOHAnimalShelter,or call the shelter at (516) 785-5220.

“With free adoptions through September 5th, there’s no better time for residents to adopt a new dog into their home,” concluded Santino.