Fifteen dogs recently rescued by the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter were adopted in less than 15 days, thanks to a concerted effort and media blitz spearheaded by Supervisor Anthony J. Santino. The canines, taken in by the shelter amid allegations of owner neglect, have all found loving homes with local residents.
“It is unfortunate that these 15 wonderful dogs were not always given the love and care that they deserved,” stated Santino. “However, thanks to the efforts of our staff, volunteers and town residents, these pups will go on to enjoy happy and healthy lives.”
The 15 dogs – 10 schnauzers, 4 Jack Russell Terriers and a chihuahua – were rescued from a North Merrick home by town animal control officers. News media reported that the 15 dogs were found in “unsanitary living conditions,” which included dog feces and urine on the floor of the home. Upon being rescued, the canines were examined by a veterinarian and were cleaned, received fresh bedding and proper nourishment.
What’s more, the Town of Hempstead took in an additional 45 dogs from an East Meadow home, where a combination of animal feces, trash and other debris created an unsafe and unsanitary environment for the canines. The town held a July 25th press event to announce that, pending veterinary exams and being “released” by authorities conducting an investigation into issues surrounding the animals, the dogs will likely be up for adoption in the near future. Applications to adopt those dogs are currently being accepted at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.
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 Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. Residents can read profiles of the pets at http://toh.li/animal-shelter and on the shelter’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TOHAnimalShelter. For more information, please call the shelter at (516) 785-5520.
“The heroic rescue and quick adoption of these 15 dogs is a great example of what can be done when government and residents work together,” concluded Santino.