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Letter: Animal shelter serves health need

Executive director Pam Green holds Frodo at the

Executive director Pam Green holds Frodo at the Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Kent Animal Shelter is trying to rebuild its aging facility ["Move pet shelter from pine barrens," Editorial, Aug. 20].

Richard Amper, director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, is trying to block the shelter's efforts, even though the new facility would benefit the environment, the animals and the communities it serves.

Kent needs a permit to rebuild on the land that it has occupied for almost a half century because it's in the pine barrens -- but just barely. The renovation would greatly improve the shelter septic system, helping to protect the Peconic River.

Our site plan has been approved by the county health department and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Amper stated that Kent's role isn't significant enough to merit a "health or safety" exception. By controlling the population of feral cats in the township, the shelter helps reduce communicable diseases.

He further stated that the shelter threatens an important source of drinking water. Any wastewater from the Kent property ends up in the Peconic River, and eventually, the Peconic Bay. It never enters the acquifer or threatens the drinking water.

How can the Pine Barrens Commission take Amper seriously when he makes such statements?

Pamela A. Green, Calverton

Editor's note: The writer is the director of the Kent Animal Shelter and a member of the Suffolk County Pet Advisory Board.

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