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Donations sought for rescued Medford animals

Suffolk SPCA investigator Regina Benfante removes a large

Suffolk SPCA investigator Regina Benfante removes a large tortoise from a Medford home. (April 2, 2013) Credit: James Carbone

With "quite a few" of the more than 150 animals removed Tuesday from a Medford home in need of "long-term veterinary care," the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Wednesday that it is seeking donations.

Money collected would help cover veterinary care, as well as the cost of fostering animals until they can be placed in permanent homes, the organization's Chief Roy Gross said in a release.

The animals, which include dogs, cats, lizards, birds, turtles, chinchillas, rats, rabbits, ferrets and hamsters, were turned over voluntarily by their owner, Gross said. The Suffolk County SPCA is investigating the case.

The Brookhaven Town building department went into the Lincoln Road home Tuesday and condemned it, said Jack Krieger, town spokesman. The occupants were there and "very cooperative, assisting in the animal removal," said Krieger, who added that he did not know their names.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said later the animals had not been fed or given water recently. He said the residents must address the building code violations.

The dogs and most of the cats were going to the Brookhaven Town animal shelter, Gross said, while other animals went to the Save the Animals Rescue Foundation, a private volunteer organization.

"The target," he said, "is to get those animals that are adoptable to be adopted."

Donations can be made through the Suffolk County SPCA site:

With Deon J. Hampton

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