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Damn. Just plain DAMN. Can anyone on Long Island come to this dog’s rescue?

Earlier this week I posted a post titled “Blackie, in Wantaugh, NY.”   Several people—Noni Mausa, Yves Smith (on Naked Capital), Bill H, and Dan Crawford (who made the post a Featured Story)—tried to help out. On Wednesday, Bill reported that Blackie had an approved adopter and would be picked up at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantaugh on Long Island later that day.  Hurray!

But today Bill received this email, which he forwarded to me:

Hi Bill-

We just found out this morning that the approved adopter can no longer adopt Blackie.  It would be great if you could continue to share & post him.  Are you the writer for the 2 blogs below?  If so, could you update them to say his adopter backed out?

Thanks so much,


Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Avenue

Wantagh, New York 11793

Tel: 516-785-5220

Fax: 516-785-0129



HAPPY UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who helped out on this–including, most certainly, Yves Smith, Noni Mausa, Bill H–and the kind dog lover who adopted Blackie.

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Matt the dog warden threatened her and her neighbor with arrest if they took the dog to the vet? And the violation of law charged would have been what, exactly?

So there are three issues here: First, the dog’s owner did break animal-cruelty laws, but apparently wasn’t charged.  Second, two public officials–the dog warden and the sheriff--from the outset and for the following several days ostentatiously violated their own legal duty.  Third, one of the two (the dog warden) threatened what would have been a false arrest (an abuse of public office) in order to keep good samaritans from doing what they had a legal right to do, and prevented this dog from getting help, and the other one (the sheriff) effectively assisted him in that.  And a third public official, the town supervisor, gave no indication that he cared.

Plymouth, NY, hah?  I’ll be sure to avoid stopping by.


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