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North Shore Animal League Accepts Abused Dogs From County

Three abused pit bull mixes being rehabilitated at Town of North Hempstead facility.

Three abused dogs go through rehabilitation at North Shore Animal League in Port Washington. (Photo courtesy of North Shore Animal League)
Three abused dogs go through rehabilitation at North Shore Animal League in Port Washington. (Photo courtesy of North Shore Animal League)
The North Shore Animal League in Port Washington has agreed to rehabilitate several neglected pit bulls in an animal abuse case announced last week by Nassau County officials.

The three pit bull mixes were taken by the Town of Hempstead Animal Control to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh, where a veterinary examination of the animals found that they had advanced stages of mange that had been untreated for several months.

"This sweet family, affectionately named Angel, Max and Sally, is now safe in our care," according to the North Shore Animal League website. "Our medical team is doing everything possible to help them find physical and emotional comfort as they begin their long journey to healing."

Because the condition has been left untreated for so long, it will take many months for the dogs’ inflamed, infected skin to heal, according to shelter officials. 

Acting on a tip, county officials responded to a Roosevelt residence on Nov. 7. Upon arrival, detectives say they saw a dog with blistered skin, bloody raw open sores, cracked paws, and severe swelling to the face and eyes. Further investigation revealed two more dogs with similar injuries, according to county officials.

Shawn Christopher, the owner of the dogs, was arrested and charged with one count of animal neglect for each of the animals.

Earlier this month, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice began a countywide Council on Animal Protection & Safety to provide a forum for local government and non-profit agencies in Nassau County to coordinate efforts on cases like this one.

North Hempstead officials recently agreed to participate in the countywide effort to increase the reporting and prosecution of crimes against animals.

Charter members of the council include representatives from all five major local governments in Nassau County: the Towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay; and the Cities of Long Beach and Glen Cove.

Members of the public may report animal crime directly to the animal crimes unit in four ways:

  • In person at the county's criminal complaint Unit at 272 Old Country Rd.
  • Call the 24 hour Animal Crimes Tipline at (516) 571-2245.
  • Fill out Internet complaint at www.nassauda.org.
  • Email to AnimalCrimesUnit@nassauda.org. 
R Miller December 03, 2013 at 07:46 AM
A pleasant change for the NSAL actually rescuing dogs that need it. I have been disappointed with the organization as of late where they have been focused on taking excess inventory of pure bred dogs from puppy mills without trying to shut them down. By doing this they have enabling puppy mills to conduct business which is disappointing to say the least. In the end they are off the path of the mission statement and just need to get back on it.
R Miller December 03, 2013 at 07:48 AM
BTW I have over the years adopted 3 American Pure Breed Dogs AKA Mutts from them who were all from kill shelters down south.

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