Articles Tagged ‘Selden’

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…



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Hurricane Earl and Long Island: Preparation, Plans

Imagine: The Atlantic Ocean extends north of Sunrise Highway…



Brookhaven Man Arrested Possessing Stolen Handgun

Suffolk County police arrested a Brookhaven man Saturday in Selden for possessing a gun that had been stolen during a 2005 larceny. According to Suffolk…



Mental Exam Set for Woman in Pet Torture Case

A woman will undergo a psychiatric evaluation following the discovery of more than 40 dead animals buried in her Long Island yard. Suffolk County Judge…



Animal House of Horrors Unravels

Details continue to emerge about the mother of seven accused of running a house of horrors for pets at her Selden home, forcing her children to…



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.