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Brookhaven animal shelter to search for new leader

Dori Scofield, former director of the Brookhaven Animal

Dori Scofield, former director of the Brookhaven Animal Shelter, plays with Wilbur, a pit bull mix who she said has recovered from "horrific" injuries since he was found on the side of a road in June. Scofield resigned in October, citing "budget constraints" that she said hinder her ability to do her job. (Oct. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Erin Geismar

The Brookhaven Animal shelter is looking for its second director in eight months.

Maureen Schneider, hired as director at $75,000 a year in December, did not have her employment extended by town public safety commissioner Peter O'Leary.

O'Leary offered no explanation when asked at Tuesday's town council meeting why she was not retained, other than that her six-month probation period recently ended.

Yvonne Haynes, an animal control officer at the shelter, was named acting director until a replacement is hired. Interviews for the position will be conducted June 11, town officials said.

Former director Dori Scofield stepped down from her $90,000 position in October after two years, saying "budget constraints" had hindered her ability to do her job. "If I had more staff, I could continue to save more lives," Scofield said when she departed.

The shelter housed 180 dogs and 67 cats as of last week, Brookhaven officials said.

Also at the board meeting, several residents complained about animal treatment at the shelter.

Gina Lewis of East Patchogue said the medical needs of the animals aren't being met and that many are being neglected and haven't been walked for months. "It's basically cruelty to animals the way the dogs are being treated there," said Lewis, saying she has witnessed neglect.

Town officials confirmed one dog with a cough gave it to four other dogs, but that they were treated with vaccines at the shelter. The state Department of Agriculture inspected the shelter this week and notified officials that the shelter was in compliance.

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