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The Riverhead Town Board approved a resolution Tuesday night to declare the North Fork Animal Welfare League a “qualified and eligible sponsor” to lease town land at EPCAL to construct a new animal shelter on a site adjacent to the Henry Pfeifer Community Center.

The board held a hearing on the plan two weeks ago and no one opposed it(more…)

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Shoshire Kennels co-owner Dwayne Early of Aquebogue and his two-year-old long-haired Chihuahua Lady Gaga last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Shoshire Kennels co-owner Dwayne Early of Aquebogue and his long-haired Chihuahua Lady Gaga last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The rolling purr of a cat or sloppy kisses of a dog are a simple signs of affection that can go a long way for people, providing pet owners with a sense of companionship and something to look forward to when coming home to an otherwise empty house. (more…)

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The Suffolk County Legislature passed a measure regulating the tethering of dogs. (Credit: Freephotos.com/pexlo)

The Suffolk County Legislature passed a measure regulating the tethering of dogs. (Credit: Freephotos.com/pexlo)

The Suffolk County Legislature voted unanimously Tuesday to strengthen protections for man’s furry friend by changing how dogs can be restrained outdoors.

If signed into law by the County Executive, pet owners could no longer secure their dogs outside to a stationary object for longer than two hours in any 12-hour period, according to the legislation sponsored by Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station).   (more…)

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Chipper the dog resting at North Fork Animal Welfare League's shelter in Calverton after he was rescued in December. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Chipper the dog resting at North Fork Animal Welfare League’s shelter in Calverton after he was rescued in December. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

The paralyzed dog found abandoned in downtown Riverhead in mid-December has been adopted from the Riverhead Animal Shelter to an exotic new home in Illinois.  (more…)

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CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Chipper the dog resting at North Fork Animal Welfare League’s shelter in Calverton. The paralyzed animal was rescued about two weeks ago.

An abandoned, paralyzed dog recently found wandering the streets around town is being nursed back to health at North Fork Animal Welfare League’s shelter in Calverton.

A father and son found the 10-year-old border collie about two weeks ago shivering, emaciated and struggling to move due to a spinal injury that left his back legs paralyzed. They then wrapped the dog, now named Chipper, in a blanket and took him to the animal shelter.

Although the veterinarians there aren’t able to determine how long Chipper has been paralyzed, they believe he was someone’s pet because he’s sociable and neutered.

Gillian Wood, NFAWL’s executive director, said Chipper is able to move around using his front legs. Dragging his belly on the floor, the dog can drink from a water bowl, fetch treats and greet visitors. Unlike other dogs with similar injuries, she said Chipper is able to control his bowels.

“It’s hard to believe someone would just leave him,” Ms. Wood said. “He is a pretty special guy.”

In order to help Chipper with his recovery, NFAWL volunteer Scott Kessler has modified the shelter’s small rolling cart to help the dog move around. As Chipper continues to get healthier, Ms. Woods said her group hopes to find him a loving home.

“He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body,” she said. “He is as sweet as could be. That’s why we named him Chipper.”

cmurray@timesreview.com

03/21/13 9:45am
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | A dog at the Youngs Avenue animal shelter in 2011.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | One of the dogs at the Youngs Avenue shelter in 2011.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The Pfiefer community center building in Calverton.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The Henry Pfeifer Community Center building in Calverton.

The Riverhead Town Board is moving forward with plans to move its animal shelter from Youngs Avenue to the Henry Pfeifer Community Center at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, but the move isn’t likely to be started until sometime in the fall.

Board members said at their public work session Thursday that there’s a recreation department program using the Pfeifer Center over the summer, so officials will wait until fall to begin plans to move the animal shelter from Youngs Avenue to the River Road/Grumman Boulevard building.

The town will be able to use money raised by the nonprofit Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter group, headed by Denise Lucas, to pay for renovations to the Pfeifer building. The nonprofit North Fork Animal Welfare League, which is now running the town’s animal shelter, also has a $300,000 bequest that must be used for a new animal shelter that is not owned by the town.

That facility can be located on town land next to the Pfeifer building, officials said.

Reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting; click below.

 

 

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