Articles Tagged ‘Kings Park’

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Join Manhattan & Hamptons Designers at Kings Park Design with Color Event

Join well-known Manhattan and Hamptons designers Theresa Seabaugh and Kings Park’s own Therese Pomerenk as they share their designer secrets on how to make your…

Sweet Hollow Road

Long Island Haunts: 13 Creepiest Haunted Places on Long Island

Originally the ancestral home of Native Americans and later settled…

in Kings Park where Patrick Luca began his day trip with his son

Body of Missing NYPD Officer Found by Passing Boater

Nearly 24 hours after NYPD office Patrick Luca went missing,…

Cat and Mouse

Does this sound familiar: You’re driving on a road, going a little faster than the posted speed limit signs allow. Then, coming the other way,…

Kings Park Man Pleads Not Guilty to Fatal DWI

A Kings Park man arrested in August for drunken driving pleaded not guilty after a grand jury indictment charging him with vehicular manslaughter, assault and…

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.