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Vigil planned at Hempstead animal shelter

Kittens await adoption at the Town of Hempstead

Kittens await adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Credit: Newsday, 2010 / Thomas A. Ferrara

An animal advocacy group will commemorate the animals euthanized in Hempstead Town’s animal shelter during a candlelight vigil Friday night.

The group, Hope for Hempstead Shelter, will conduct an “Honor and Remember Them” vigil outside the animal shelter at 7 p.m. Friday in Wantagh. The group accuses the town of not doing enough to protect and save homeless animals in the shelter.

The group has been calling for the firing of Patrician Horan, who was acting director of the shelter until earlier this month; she was reassigned after an old video involving the apparent euthanasia of a kitten surfaced on the Internet.

They also have asked State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to conduct a financial and operational audit of the shelter. Last week, town spokesman Michael Deery called the conduct of the people in the video “appalling” and promised a full investigation. He said the town has launched a nationwide search for a permanent shelter director.

At the town board meeting Tuesday, animal advocates asked the town to accept an offer from the Humane Society of the United States to help improve the shelter.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said the town had responded but declined to say if the offer will be accepted.

Kittens waiting for adoption are seen in November 2010 at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh.

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