Articles Tagged ‘Suffolk SPCA’

The Suffolk SPCA's MASH Unit (Photo: Suffolk SPCA)

Long Island Pet Shelters Still In Demand After Hurricane Sandy

Pet shelters across Long Island are still open, but are facing an onslaught of new problems in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Nassau County is…


SPCA: Couple Charged With Animal Cruelty, Over 100 Dogs Rescued

A West Hills couple have been charged with animal cruelty…

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…

Law Pitched to Block Animal Abusers from Re-adopting

  Suffolk County lawmakers are getting ruff with animal abusers as they propose new initiatives for animal protection including a county registry that will keep…

Suffolk Officials Warn of Swine Flu in Dogs

Cover your mouth and wash your hands. Simple enough, right? Think again. Since the swine flu emerged, people across the country have been taking precautions to protect their families against the novel H1N1 influenza virus infection. But what about the family pet?

One of man’s best friends in Westchester County became the first in the nation to catch a confirmed case of the same stain of swine flu that is infecting humans last week.

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.