Protesters demand probe into Hempstead Town Animal Shelter

WOODMERE - Demonstrators took to the streets today to call on Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice to broaden her investigation into the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter.
 

Nearly six months after alleged abuses at the shelter came to light, protesters say nothing has changed at the facility.

As News 12 Long Island has reported, former shelter volunteers said they witnessed animals being neglected and abused.

Newsday has reported that nine shelter employees were making more than $100,000 a year, and that seven of them held committee seats within the Republican Party.

Protesters also decried Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray's decision not to allow people to volunteer at the shelter.

Critics say the animal shelter is run like a personal employment agency by the Republicans, who control Hempstead Town Hall. They say many of the abuses at the shelter are due to employees who are underworked, overpaid and politically connected.

"The GOP claims they're supporting animals, yet they're the ones that have a requirement that you join the Republican Party in order to get a job at the shelter," says Derek Connelly, of Merrick.

Murray issued a statement saying that improvements have been put in place at the shelter over the past few months. The town also says it has appointed two committees to review the policies and procedures of the shelter and find a new shelter director.


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