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Hempstead Town Notebook: Animal Shelter Rated by State

A weekly look-in at news from around the Town of Hempstead.

Town Animal Shelter Receives Top Ratings in Two New York State Inspection Reports

The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is in better shape than the public thought, according to two inspection reports handed down by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The shelter received the highest possible ratings in more than 30 categories, with no deficiencies cited in either report.

The shelter has been the site of several protests in the last year, where residents have voiced their concerns about bloated salaries, inefficient budget management, alleged animal neglect and abuse and corruption.

According to the town, both State reports – the Dog Control Officer Inspection Report and the Municipal Shelter Inspection Report – gave the Animal Shelter "satisfactory" ratings in nearly three dozen categories, which include cleanliness, veterinary care and handling.

The Municipal Animal Shelter Report found that the shelter's housing area and equipment is sanitized regularly, that there is adequate space for all dogs and there is medical care provided when necessary, according to a release from the town.

The Dog Control Officer Inspection Report found that stray dogs are captured and transported safely using sanitized equipment. The report also stated that seizure and disposition records are maintained for all seized dogs.

Animal Shelter Waiving Pet Adoption Fees for St. Patrick's Day

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter will waive all pet adoption fees during its inaugural "Lucky You, Lucky Me" adoption event on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All cats and dogs adopted at this event will receive free spaying/neutering, rabies vaccinations and microchipping. Cats are also tested for feline AIDS/leukemia.

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh. For more information, call the shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit the shelter's website.

Felix Procacci March 01, 2012 at 12:09 AM
You would have to FOIL the minutes of the meeting from the Town. The FOIL officer is Joanne Malandro. Her email address is jmalandro@tohmail.org. If you would like to get information about how to FOIL documents see the New York State website at http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/. If you want any additional info. send me a message on facebook.
Jacquie Maida March 02, 2012 at 09:06 PM
They must have known they were coming. When the NYC ACC was inspected they had everyone stay late to clean up the place. Even put a toy in every cage. Not at all what it is really like. Usually the animals are in their own waste and the dogs are walked once a day, if at all.
Cecelia Sommers March 03, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I agree and also i wonder what the tally was for DONATIONS from the TOH (BUFFERS) to make sure this report passes with such flying colors CRIME & POLITICS they are the SAME
Susan Fox March 04, 2012 at 11:32 PM
@ Terry and Sheryl: I am a registered nurse who has been employed for almost 39 years at the same hospital. I am a responsible individual and home owner. I placed my application in at the Town of HempsteadAnimal shelter around September 2011. I have met with Dolores twice and was told that they are waiting to hire a trainer to teach us proper handling of dogs on leash. Please do NOT comment on getting GOOD VOLUNTEERS unless you know the story and know all of us that are applying and waiting eagerly to help and walk and socialize these animls. I have a dog and care for 4 feral cats on my property. So reasearch before you speak!!!!!
Nancy March 05, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Terry must work for TOH - why else would she be so blind?

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