“45 dogs seized in ‘hostage’ home” [News, July 22] illustrates the health and humane issues that members of our community face when dealing with unlicensed and unregulated breeders in the Town of Hempstead. According to the article, neighbors endured the smell of decay for decades.

It apparently took years for the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to appropriately respond on behalf of the animals.

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It’s time for the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County to put forth legislation to protect companion pets from living in the conditions described and ensure that they receive appropriate medical intervention even in the care of unlicensed breeders or pet rescue groups.

Leslie Solomon, East Meadow