Articles Tagged ‘Roy Gross’

Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper (center) is joined by peace officers from the Suffolk County SPCA, animal rights advocates and both two-legged and four-legged supporters as he announces his plan to create an Animal Abuser Registry, similar to the kind already in place for sex offenders. If adopted, Cooper’s proposed law would make Suffolk County the first municipality in the nation to have an Animal Abuser Registry

Suffolk Creates First-ever Animal Abuser Registry

Suffolk County legislators unanimously approved a bill to create the nation’s…

Dozens Of Abused Animals Found in West Hills Home

Fire alarms inside of a West Hills home led to the discovery of more than 100 emaciated and dead animals Wednesday morning. Firefighters responded to…


Hurricane Earl and Long Island: Preparation, Plans

Imagine: The Atlantic Ocean extends north of Sunrise Highway…

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.

Officials: LI Woman Had 20 Dogs Buried in Yard

Authorities say a Selden woman who had about 20 dead dogs buried in her backyard faces a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge. Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy…

$1,000 Award Offered in LI Decapitated Goat Probe

SPCA officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information about a decapitated goat found in a wooded area on Long Island. The carcass of the…