Articles Tagged ‘Sharon McDonough’

Recapping L.I.’s Worst Crime of ’09

Already home to our share of notorious crooks and killers, Long Island stole a few more national headlines this year while local police earned their…



Woman in Pet Torture Case Held on $100K Bail

A judge ordered a Selden woman held on $100,000 bail Friday after prosecutors cited evidence that some of the 42 dead animals buried in her…



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.



Judge Seizes Kids from Selden Woman Facing Cruelty Charge

A judge has taken away custody of a Selden woman’s six underage daughters following her arrest on animal cruelty charges. The judge issued the order…