There are likely things I did 17 years ago which, should they surface on YouTube today, I’d want to explain. I might say something about being younger and less experienced, less knowledgeable, maybe I could have used better judgment – something like that. I would guess that’s true for many of us. What I know I would never have to explain is why I was chanting “Kill the Kitty!” while watching my co-workers choke a kitten who was about to be needlessly killed. That’s not something that can be explained by lack of life experience. It’s deviant behavior indicative of someone who should be prevented from working with any living being unable to defend itself against this kind of depraved violence.
The idea that the Town of Hempstead, NY is seemingly dismissing the purportedly 17 year old video of its shelter director and her co-workers abusing a kitten before they kill him is outrageous. This kind of behavior does not occur in a vacuum. It is indicative of a culture of violence, where the environment is conducive to pathological malice. If this was going on at the shelter 17 years ago, it’s been going on every day since. It’s inexcusable.
Patricia Horan, former director of the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, was reassigned to a “general services” job, Hempstead Town spokesman Mike Deery said, and will continue to collect a nearly six-figure salary.
Dear People Who Run the Town of Hempstead,
Your bravado is disconcerting.
The Rest of the Country
I e-mailed Nassau Co DA Kathleen M. Rice and received the following:
Statement from the Nassau County District Attorney:
“If you see any acts of animal cruelty, please report them as soon as possible in order to avoid instances, such as here, where criminal prosecution is entirely barred by a statute of limitations. Humane treatment of animals is paramount, and such treatment and respect is never more significant than in the final moments of an animal’s life.”
The number for the DA’s Animal Cruelty Unit hot line is 516-571-ACHL (2245).
My interpretation of this statement is that, had this video been turned over to the DA 17 years ago, criminal prosecution would have taken place. In other words, the abuse on this video is criminal. Gee Hempstead, are you sure you don’t want to reconsider keeping this person on the payroll? What say you local taxpayers – Do you want your taxes being used to pay this person, who would have been criminally prosecuted had this video surfaced sooner, almost $100 grand a year?