04/09/13 2:00pm
04/09/2013 2:00 PM

Riverhead police and town workers helped rescue a dog trapped in a sewer late Monday afternoon, police said.

The dog’s owner notified police that her dog was trapped in a sewer drain in front of her Fishel Avenue home about 4:30 p.m., police said. A The owner, an officer and a town sewer department worker lifted the top of the concrete sewer cover and pulled the dog out.

The dog was uninjured, police said.

“The dog was scared,” said the sewer work, Bob Smith. “It had to have been in there for quite a while. I don’t know how it got in there, if it was chasing something or if it was just a curious young pup.”

Mr. Smith said the dog appeared to be a lab mix and was white with a bit of brown on its face.

“It was a cute dog,” he said.

The dog was standing in the water when they pulled the cover off, Mr. Smith said.

“It wasn’t that deep,” he said. “It was really only a couple feet. The dog was just young and couldn’t jump out.”


02/05/13 1:55pm
02/05/2013 1:55 PM


The Town Board on Tuesday agreed to donate land for a new town animal shelter and to offer preference to town residents and Sandy victims to live in downtown’s new subsidized Summerwind housing complex.

No specific site for the land to be donated to the Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter nonprofit group was mentioned in a resolution approved by the board at its meeting Tuesday. The MTAS group is raising money to build a new shelter in town.

As for the Summerwind vote, it passed 4-0 with Councilwoman Jodi Giglio abstaining since she is part owner of the project.

The town also held a hearing on proposed animal control regulations that would, among other things, give the town discretion as to whether to accept surrendered dogs at the town’s existing animal shelter. These regulations are meant to conform with North Fork Animal Welfare League rules, as the nonprofit human group prepares to take over the town shelter on March 1.

The board also rejected, 3-2, a resolution to re-send to Suffolk County planners a zoning change proposal that would allow for a Concordia-owned assisted living facility on Mill Road property in Riverhead.

Board members approved a resolution to name two new town ballfields in Calverton after two fallen soldiers from Wading River.

The board took up other items as well. News-Review reporter Tim Gannon blogged live from the meeting. Click below to see what he had reported.


Riverhead Town Board agenda 02-05-2013 by

01/15/13 6:50pm
01/15/2013 6:50 PM

The Riverhead Town Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved the transfer of $104,000 from town reserves to fund beefed up police protection downtown.

Another measure to transfer $400,000 from reserves to pay for costs associated with a new town police contract was also approved at the Town Board meeting, with Councilwoman Jodi Giglio voting against the move.

As expected, the board also OK’d a lawsuit settlement with Taste of Country, a farm stand on Sound Avenue that had been operating as a deli.

The meeting ended about 8:30 p.m., a half-hour before polls closed in the special election for county Legislature, a race in which Supervisor Sean Walter is the Republican candidate.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting in Town Hall. Click below to see what else happened.

(Also visit riverheadnewsreview.com at 9 p.m. for live election coverage.)


Riverhead Town Board agenda 01-15-2013 by rnews_review

12/25/12 1:13pm
12/25/2012 1:13 PM

SPCA COURTESY PHOTO | The two abused pit bulls dropped off at the Riverhead Animal Hospital last week.

The hunt is on for the person responsible for dumping two pit bulls in a window well at the Riverhead Animal Hospital overnight Dec. 18.

The Suffolk County SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for dumping the puppies, who were suffering from severe mange and were near death.

SPCA Chief Roy Gross said examination revealed the mange was so severe on the male that its skin was peeling off.

“These puppies are going to require extensive veterinary care before they can be adopted,” the SPCA said in a press release. “The male is receiving intravenous fluids because he is too weak to eat or drink.”

“This is a blatant act of cruelty and abandonment and we will do everything we can to see that those responsible are apprehended,” Chief Gross said.

Anyone with information can contact the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722.  All calls will be kept confidential.

The puppies are now being cared for by the North Fork Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 297, Southold NY, 11971. Donations to help with their care are much appreciated and should be made to the above address directed to the Nick and Noel Guardian Angel Fund.

10/26/12 8:37pm
10/26/2012 8:37 PM
Riverhead, ACO, Animal Shelter, Mauled, pit bull

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Animal control officer Jessica Eibs-Stankaitis earlier this year with a dog from the Riverhead Town shelter.

Riverhead Town’s head animal control officer was mauled by a pit bull she was walking at the town animal shelter Friday afternoon, police said.

Jessica Eibs-Stankaitis, who was hired in February after long-time dog warden Lou Coronesi left, was walking a pit bull from the outside pen area to the inside pens when the dog attacked her at around 3 p.m., said Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller.

“She got injured rather badly,” he said. “She had a laceration under her left eye, and I don’t know the extent of the injuries to her hip, but that’s where the dog latched on, to her hip.”

Ms. Eibs-Stankaitis was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment. Chief Hegermiller said he saw her about 5:15 p.m., and while he doesn’t know the extent of the injuries, they are not believed to life-threatening.

“It was a struggle to get the dog off,” Chief Hegermiller said. “A kennel attendant tried to use a snare pole to get the dog off, and that didn’t work. The ACO (Ms. Eibs-Stankaitis) was able to slip a snare pole over the dogs head to get it off of her.

“I have no idea how long the struggle lasted. All I know is that the kennel attendance was not able to get the dog off, she ran inside to call 911, and when she came back out, the dog was still on.”

Chief Hegermiller, whose department oversees the animal control office, said he can’t recall any previous instances where a town animal control officer was mauled by a dog in the shelter.

“We’ve had dog wardens get bitten before, I don’t think we’ve ever had one mauled,” he said.