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Hempstead Town Notebook: Animal Shelter [POLL]

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

Near the end of February, the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter received the in more than 30 categories in two inspection reports handed down by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

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

While there were no cited deficiencies in either report, town residents still feel the shelter is being inadequately run.

Less than one week later, Lucille DeFina, one of three Animal Shelter volunteers who filed a against the Town of Hempstead, wrote a letter to the editor claiming that the inspections are "almost impossible to fail," and that the town knew ahead of time that the inspections were going to happen.

Residents immediately began commenting on DeFina's letter in support of her cause.

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

Pamela McGrath Solomon March 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Volunteers must be allowed in. Transparency is very important to make sure the animals are cared for with respect. The town should be bending over backwards to make sure things are done properly. The animals deserve it.
whatapittie March 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Town of Hemp getting a "highest rating" for vet, care and handling is not even the issue with that place anymore. It's the transparency-patronage-bloated salaries... an audit needs to be done on that 7.4 million dollar budget! Where are our taxes really going? Are we funding personal "items" for the Fat Cats? How does a shelter vet make so much money and get to take personal appointments of his own and still get paid by the Town for it??? Why are so many animals never making it to the floor for the public to see? Are they even checked in? I can only pray that things turn around.............
Robert Demarco March 19, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I am looking forward to the State Comptroller's audit of this facility. I can imagine the spin that Murray and her henchmen will use to justify the outrageous payroll.
Riley March 19, 2012 at 02:14 PM
This dump is worse than ever if that's possible. Now they just have new faces to replace the old ones but they are killing adoptable animals in high numbers. They also are hoarding dogs at the old Bideawee. This is where they go before they "disappear". What a horrible way to spend their last days all alone! Oh and as for their "volunteer program", that is another farce. They have a hand picked group of people/friends that are now volunteering so that Tohas can say they have one. Other than that there is a list of people who are still waiting to be called so they can come in and walk dogs! This place is a patronage mill where the animals don't receive the money and they still beg donations from the public on a $7.5 million dollar budget. And just because they passed the Department of Agriculture inspection is no big deal. They passed during the kill the kitty days too, and so do the gas chamber facilities in the south. FYI- That inspection is a pass/fail. There is no way to "pass with flying colors" or "receive the highest possible rating" (except for passing). These terms are from Kate Murray and her spin machine Mike Deery who always use colorful language to pad the truth.
Cecelia Sommers March 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Ask JOE Mondello where the 7.45 is being directed since he originally appointed kate and clearly there is an agenda. Most people do not know in the toh where their tax money is going and they pass laws without anyone even knowing whats going on because people today are WORKING two jobs to pay the TAXES in this town Lets get a toh mailing address going to inform our tax payers ourselves.

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