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‘Disturbing’ Hempstead Town Animal Shelter Video Released

Town employees shown on YouTube video handling a cat in an “ugly and unacceptable” manner.

A nearly 20-year old video has been posted on YouTube that depicts Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter employees making obscene gestures, handling a kitten and saying "kill the kitty."

Hempstead Town Press Secretary Susan Trenkle-Pokalsky called the video “disturbing” and the comments on it “ugly and unacceptable.”

“The video shows a former private animal hospital employee handling a cat and a town kennel worker who has not worked for the town in over 16 years,” she added. “An interview with Acting Shelter Director Pat Horan, titled as the source of the off-camera phrase, has been met with an emphatic denial that her voice was on the video. Clearly, Ms. Horan can be seen walking out of the room, while the voice on camera seems to be in very close proximity to the camera's microphone.”

“The town finds the actions contained in the video offensive and is investigating the circumstances surrounding the video,” Pokalsky continued.

Derek Donnelly, director of the Hope for Hempstead Shelter organization has been outspoken about reform at the shelter.

“I understand when there are times when an animal has to be put down, but not that way,” he said. “There are so many things wrong with the video. I don't see why we are putting down a domesticated kitten and not adopting it out. That was a calm kitten. The use of the pole is wrong, the celebrating the killing of an animal is wrong and the method is wrong. It is unbelievable.”

The Animal Shelter has been plagued by a lawsuit involving alleged abuse and recently underwent changes to improve pet care.

The lawsuit was filed last year by three former volunteer animal rescue workers and states that they were banned from the shelter after “speaking out to shelter employees and town officials about the cruel and inhumane instances of animal abuse and neglect they observed at the shelter.”

In January, concerned residents, rescue workers and pet lovers also staged a protest outside the Wantagh facility.

(Editor's Note: The material in this video may be offensive.)

Andrew Coen and Emily Cappiello also contributed to this article.

larry May 14, 2011 at 10:47 PM
its obvious . theres no debate she abused her position.Its also obvious the shelter is way over the required dollars to run this type of facility.while we eliminate teachers jobs,,or school programs or .while we eliminate handicapped buses for our needy and senior residents..we still have politicians playing patronage games with our dollars..and we cant stop it,,we cant get a county or town employee knocked out of a job when she is redhandedly caught.Do we have to look any further then the 500g the county paid Manganos ex law firm to lose ..not only lose,,but to present an awful case...How much money do you think we waste in situations like these,,I think its well over 50 million annually..We need a strong look into the job appointments made when the county supervisor won the election<Look into the OTB managment team,,a bunch of politicians that never ran a buisness..look into the lawsuits the town wages and the county wages...its a money pit!..7 million to run this small shelter..140g a week,,it can be done for 50g a week,,and done better...we need to clean up the patronage jobs and the pension padding...Its outright disgusting.
charlie May 19, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Diane Madden, Lucille Defina & Frances Lucivero-Pelletier from reports were in the business of selling animals, period!! finding good homes for animals is an applaudable thing to do, make money doing it, not so bad, but when you walk into an animal shelter like you own the damn place and walking out with animals to sell for profit on my dime and that of other tax payers without giving anything back to the shelter which is affording you a nice living is not right, our tax dollars pay for the feeding and medical care for the animals and no one should be making money on that without paying something back to the shelter. Oh my guess is there was something paid back in the direction of the shelter but not to the shelter. One more thing, since when did the shelter deliver animals occross town, county and state lines, Madden or her cronies claims. currupion?? she has no further to go than the end of her nose. Oh and by the way WHERE IS REGINA THORNE AND CHARLIE MILONE ?????? Oh and lets not forget VIDEO TERRY???????? It's going to get interesting folks.
charlie May 20, 2011 at 10:59 PM
NARDI: Your definately right, the rescuers should be brought up on charges of abusing town funds,, who paid for all the out of town animals deliveries and accross state lines no less, i wonder if that could be Madden and Thorne????? Nardi, shut your mouth, you don't know what your talking, be gone with you and while your at it take that political wanna-be Donnelly with you. OH, by the way, have you all heard that Pat Horan has been vindicated by one of the local papers, the writer claims it was Debbie another worker at the shelter and is in a supervisory position as i speak, why has Debbie been not terminated from her position at the shelter and ask yourself what may sue Jacobs a town attorney assigned to the shelter to eversee the situation have to do with Debbie and for that matter Guy another shelter supervisor and Richie, could it be that they are part of the Seaford Republican Party who hates anyone that is'nt in there cirle and it goes deeper and beyond all that, watch for Jacobs to be removed, there as bad as Madden and her bunch. Now see if you can find some truth to comment on next time instead of following Maddens lead of lies and fraud. Lets see if Madden sends off an appology to Pat Horan, i doubt it, she has'nt the decency, not one decent bone in her body. Now be gone with you, your boring, fiction always is.
charlie May 20, 2011 at 11:03 PM
And above your shirt pocket is says "real moron"
Kiki June 24, 2011 at 01:41 PM
I just saw this while lookng for an article on a new animal shelter in Long Beach. And this is where our animals went when our shelter shut down? Horrible! I just can't even imagine this. I didn't watch the video after reading the description. I know it's a bit late, but I'm spreading the news of this.

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