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North Massapequa wildlife rehabilitators Bobby and Cathy Horvath begin to release animals

Cathy Horvath holds a fox named Rudy in

Cathy Horvath holds a fox named Rudy in her backyard. (April 9, 2013) Credit: Chris Ware

A North Massapequa family of wildlife rehabilitators and the town that sought to oust the rescue operation from their suburban home have come to an amicable agreement, both parties said.

After talks with Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, Bobby and Cathy Horvath have been steadily downsizing the menagerie they kept in their North Wyoming Avenue home.

They were preparing to release some hawks as soon as this past weekend, are searching for safe places to release their turkeys, and will take their bobcat, Tasha, to the ecology center in Holtsville, Cathy Horvath said last week.

“As far as I’m concerned, the story has had a very happy ending for all involved,” said Venditto, who had offered the town’s animal shelter in Syosset and Nassau County’s Tackapausha Museum and Preserve in Seaford as two alternative locations for the Horvaths to work with animals.

“They moved a significant portion of the work they do over to Tackapausha,” Venditto said. “The county has been very helpful in creating work areas for them.”

He said the Horvaths “have all but eliminated the activity at the North Wyoming location.”

The Horvaths will keep some animals at their home for short-term treatment. Some owls and other birds of prey used in their education programs also will remain at their home.

Cathy Horvath said relocating animals can’t be rushed. “Everybody thinks you can just take a bird and throw them up into the sky, but there’s a lot of planning involved.”

Late last month, the Horvaths released into the Bronx a beaver named Justine Beaver that they had treated.

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