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L.I. Volunteers Accuse Shelter Of Animal Abuse

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Nassau County district attorney has launched a criminal probe into how the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter runs its operation.


1010 WINS' Mona Rivera reports

However, after three volunteers claimed that they witnessed workers beating some animals and leaving others to die in their cages, Town Supervisor Kate Murray said the probe may have to be expanded to investigate these allegations.

"We will take the appropriate steps if necessary," Murray said. "We're going to be doing a top to bottom investigation, we take it very seriously."

Diane Madden says she and two other volunteers are now banned from the shelter. Madden claims dogs and cats have been killed indiscriminately by town workers.

"There was a dog that an employee was very angered over," Diane Madden told 1010 WINS' Mona Rivera. "She bleached the puppy. The puppy died."

"My intention is to not abandon these animals," Madden said. "I can't get inside the building but I really hope for their sake that help is on the way."

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