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Hempstead Makes Animal Shelter Changes Amid Probes

Town of Hempstead officials have announced a number of policy changes, including the planned hiring of a full-time veterinarian, at its Wantagh-based animal shelter following a shake-up last month.

The changes come amid allegations that some animals were abused at the shelter, although Supervisor Kate Murray insisted Monday the policy changes and the abuse claims are not related. The shelter’s director and adoption coordinator have reportedly been transferred and several local animal rescuers have been barred from the premises.

The town and Nassau County prosecutors are investigating the shelter for what Murray says are administrative issues. The district attorney’s office confirmed they are investigating the shelter but declined to comment.


Other shelter changes include hiring a behaviorist to determine if animals are suitable for adoption, hiring a liaison to work with pet rescue organizations, and expanding some shelter facilities.

Last week, former shelter volunteers claimed some animals had been neglected and abused. Murray says those claims also will be investigated.

By Maria Vultaggio, with Associated Press

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