Articles Tagged ‘Suffolk County SPCA’

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…



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…



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…



Woman Faces Animal Cruelty Charges; Carcasses Found

Authorities are investigating whether any of the more than 20 animal carcasses found in the backyard of a Long Island home are the remains of…