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Talks to hand over Glen Cove animal shelter taking place

Joan Phillips and Ruth DiChiara, operators of Animal

Joan Phillips and Ruth DiChiara, operators of Animal Lovers League of Glen Cove, were served in December 2014 with a legal order to leave the city-owned facility by Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The league is seeking a vacate date of March 1. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

The operator of Glen Cove's animal shelter will be staying beyond the Jan. 15 deadline for it to vacate, as negotiations continue with the city, the organization's president said Thursday.

The city served the Animal Lovers League with a notice to vacate on Dec. 3, giving it until Thursday to leave.

"We are currently in coming-down-to-the-wire negotiations," league president Joan Phillips said Thursday.

Glen Cove spokeswoman Zefy Christopoulos said talks were ongoing.

"We are finalizing terms of agreement for turning over the facility and are optimistic an agreement is forthcoming," Christopoulos said in an email.

Phillips said her organization, which has run the shelter for two decades, was in talks with the city attorney about when a new organization, Cove Animal Rescue, will take over.

The league is seeking a vacate date of March 1 and is willing to work with the new group to ensure a smooth handover, she said.

"It is very important through the transition that the animals get cared for properly and that the shelter continues in the way that I feel that we dedicated 20 years of volunteer service to," Phillips said.

The Glen Cove City Council tabled a resolution at its Tuesday meeting that would have authorized the city to begin legal actions to recover possession of the property at 40 Shore Rd.

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