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Dogs in Fighting Ring Brought to North Hempstead Animal Shelter

Woman arrested; 18 pit bulls under evaluation in Port Washington.

A New Cassel woman was arrested on dog fighting charges after Nassau County Police say they discovered wounded pit bulls, a homemade dog fighting ring, syringes, penicillin and steroids in her home.

In total, 18 dogs were brought to the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter in Port Washington.

Nassau County detectives say they responded to a noise complaint at 721 Broadway in New Cassel at 11 p.m. Friday when they saw nearly 20 people running out of a garage behind the house. Inside the garage, police discovered the wooden dog fighting ring that contained two pit bulls in “wounded, bloody condition.”

When police went inside the house they met Monica Christopher, 38, who resides there. Police observed dog pens throughout the house, all containing pit bulls, many with “wounds to the face, nose and body.”

Police also found two treadmills that they say were used to train dogs for fighting.

The Town of North Hempstead Department of Public Safety Animal Control brought the 18 dogs to the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter in Port Washington, where they are being evaluated.

Police had no additional information on the dog’s evaluation at press time.

Christopher was placed under arrest and is being charged with three counts of prohibition animal fighting. She was arraigned on Sunday in First District Court, Hempstead.

Diana VonRoeschlaub January 29, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Heart breaking story, but Laurie Lat, have you ever visited the Town of North Hempstead shelter? I bet you a million bucks that you have not, otherwise, you would not have made the comment " town of hempstead shelter certainly doesn't care.". I live on the street up from the shelter, I've adopted from there, I visit them just to say and see the dogs. My daughter (12) is excited that she can finally volunteer there this summer. They are some of the kindest, smartest and devoted folks I've ever met. I appreciate your passion for the animals, and encourage you to stop by the shelter, maybe bring some pet supplies/ toys with you, met the staff, meet the dogs. You will feel really good about the work they do, and the care they provide. It will be the best part of your day if you do. They care deeply about the welfare of the dogs they care for, even after adoption.
Laurie Lat January 29, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I'm talking about tohas, town of hempstead animal shelter in wantagh. They were just sued for keeping volunteers out and they were known for the "kill the kitty" video. They certainly aren't concerned about the animals welfare. They don't even answer emails.
unknownauthor January 29, 2013 at 08:51 PM
There is no such thing as a "no kill" shelter. If you think about it, it's logically impossible. I work at the shelter and can assure all of you that none of these dogs will be euthanized due to lack of space or just because they were fighting dogs. If and when the dogs are released to the shelter we will evaluate each dog and determine whether it is adoptable. Many of them are young puppies who will probably fare quite well. We do not like to euthanize any dog but it really isn't about us, we have to think about what's best for the dog
Gregg Allen January 30, 2013 at 05:09 PM
i adopted a rescue from a fighting ring in staten island from NSAL in 2009,yes it is true that these fighting dogs can be rehabilitated,but only with lots of Love and Affection,and by having them around other dogs but most likely less of a fighting breed at first,for instance my dogs best buddie is a cocker spaniel very playful with no aggression,as other dogs came into the picture it had got alot easier to trust my dog around others,as long as the love and happiness is there the aggression will fade away in time,so lots of walks in public ,play time with another dog of a less aggressive breed , good food and lots of loving,and those dogs can be sweet as ever,
Greta February 08, 2013 at 02:32 PM
take your lowlife behavior and get the f out of town. how despicable is this? this is one of my gripes about unbridled pouring in of immigrants - many bring their UNCIVILIZED customs and behavior lowering the standards. We cannot tolerate this and I hope the law comes down heavy on that who participate in this. sick sick sick. poor dogs.

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