Articles Tagged ‘Farmingville’

Richard Nappi

FDNY Firefighter from LI Dies Battling Fire

A New York City fire lieutenant from Long Island, who responded to the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, died fighting a…



Two Killed, One Injured in Farmingville Crash

Two people were killed and one person was injured in a two-car crash Friday night in Farmingville. Suffolk County police said Joseph Correa, 19, was…



Second Chance Wildlife Rescue Seeks Donations

Second Chance Wildlife Rescue, the Farmingville-based nonprofit caring for several dozen farm animals rescued from deplorable and life-threatening conditions in Riverhead last week by Suffolk…



Thousands In Farmingville For Bone Marrow Drive

They came by motorcycle, car and on foot. They brought their babies, children and grandparents and some even brought their dogs. Thousands of people converged…



Teen Arrested for Ronkonkoma Bank Robbery

Suffolk police arrested a Farmingville teenager for  robbing a bank in Ronkonkoma Monday afternoon. Christopher Ruben, 18, entered the TD Bank branch on Portion Road,…



Recession Bites Suffolk SPCA

A pet goat is discovered strangled in Kings Park, with someone’s belt still strapped tightly around its lifeless body. Another is found decapitated in Islip. A cat is lynched in Patchogue. An Islip Terrace man films women crushing small animals. Somebody tortures then sets afire a dog in Brentwood.

These gruesome scenes are just a few of the 2,000 animal abuse and neglect cases handled annually by the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a nonprofit providing humane needs and enforcement of cruelty to animal laws throughout the county. Most recently, the organization broke up what has been described as “a concentration camp” for animals at a house in Selden.

But the downturned economy has been taking its toll on Suffolk’s animal protectors. According to Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross, the recession has bitten a hefty chunk out of supporters’ wallets, and consequently, donations are down about 50 percent since the downswing began. The Suffolk SPCA, he stresses, is funded completely by donations and not assoiated with the American SPCA. And in addition to its regular yearly caseload, Gross explains, his officers are weathering a roughly 20 percent spike in instances of foreclosed homeowners leaving their pets behind to die. That’s on top of a national and countywide increase in dogfighting and cockfighting cases, he adds.