BORN TO BARK iN- THE GLAMOUROUS- USA
|Barked: Tue May 6, '08 4:08pm PST |
|Hello, Today my daughter and I were watching new channel 4 and up came this story. An East Northport home was searched. They found 60-80 puppies in horrible conditions, living in boxes. The woman was name... IRENE MONROIG. This is the woman we bought our precious maltipoo! We then found the article online. It says "They had no water, no ventilation, they were living their own filth," Suffolk police sergeant Kevin McKeon said.” and “The home is described as a place of filth and darkness, and scores of puppies were carted out in little cages after being crammed together in a basement, five or six in one box, according to Suffolk County police.”
My daughter cried when she heard this. We still cannot grasp our little boy could have been a part of this. When we visited her house nothing was out of the ordinary.
here is the article http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6125936
P OST SCRIPT 5/20/08 This was in newsday today
East Northport woman with 56 dogs charged with cruelty
An East Northport woman who has sworn that her efforts have been "an animal rescue endeavor ... for more than 45 years," was charged yesterday with 56 counts of animal cruelty.
Irene Monroig, 66, surrendered herself at the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and was immediately released in her own custody, pending her appearance today in First District Court, Central Islip.
Monroig and her attorney have been involved in an animal care and custody dispute against Suffolk County and the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals since earlier this month. Then, an anonymous call led authorities to her home on Wicks Road in East Northport, where officials said they found 56 dogs, two squirrels and a parrot living under "deplorable" conditions.
Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk SPCA, said at the time, "This is one of the houses that you go into and you never forget." Many of the dogs, he said, had matted fur, and lived in cramped, filthy conditions with moldy food and feces.
The animals were immediately taken from the house by authorities for inspection by veterinarians. After news reports about the incident, there were more than 1,000 inquires about the animals and speculation that the dogs would be adopted into new homes within a week.
But Monroig, with her attorney, Eric Naiburg of Central Islip, sought a restraining order preventing the adoptions and officials on both sides agreed that the animals would not immediately be placed in permanent homes while court proceedings continue.
Naiburg has said his client, Monroig, "has a terrific reputation in her community" and regarding her animals, "She loves them very much."
"I think it's an unfortunate situation," Naiburg said yesterday. "We'll get to the bottom of this before it's over."
POST SCRIPT 2
The East Northport woman charged with animal cruelty for allegedly keeping dozens of dogs, a parrot and two squirrels in dirty, cramped conditions in her home has had a change of heart, and agreed to put nearly all the animals up for adoption, her lawyer said yesterday.
"We are not conceding anything with this. We are just accommodating the dogs," said Eric Naiburg of Central Islip, attorney for Irene Monroig, 66, who has pleaded not guilty to 56 counts of animal cruelty.
She is accused of keeping the animals in an unsanitary, unhealthy environment. She has maintained her innocence, Naiburg said, and was released into her own custody.
Monroig reached a tentative agreement with the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to release the dogs for adoption. But she will take back two poodles that were among the canines seized from her home earlier this month, Naiburg said.
"There was a poodle that she felt could not survive without very intensive care on her part," said Naiburg. Monroig will take the sick poodle, plus a companion poodle, and Naiburg said he will adopt a third.
But the animals cannot be released for adoption until a Central Islip judge lifts a temporary restraining order that Monroig asked for this month blocking the agency from taking action.
Roy Gross, chief of the SPCA, confirmed the tentative agreement, but declined further comment. He said the animals, who were found in "deplorable" conditions, are stable and their health is improving.
The agency raided Monroig's home after receiving complaints. In court papers, Monroig maintains she has cared for injured animals all her life and never mistreated them.
Edited by author Fri May 30, '08 6:34pm PST
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