3 quit Smithtown animal shelter advisory panel, citing town board’s inaction

The Smithtown Animal Shelter's appointed advisory council members,The three appointed members of the Smithtown Animal Shelter Advisory Council have resigned, citing the town board’s failure to act on their recommendations.

Animal welfare attorney Elizabeth Stein, Diane Madden and Lucille DeFina resigned in a Sept. 15 letter. Last week, they attended a town board meeting and explained the reasons behind their decision — most notably, the town’s failure to hire a full-time behaviorist at an anticipated annual salary of $45,000 who would train animals, develop relationships with rescue groups and establish pet-retention and foster-care programs.

“A behaviorist is necessary in order to take a shelter and make it a progressive . . . animal shelter, which we were told was the objective by the town board,” said Madden, 55, of East Meadow.

The advisory council was formed in February after allegations by animal-shelter advocates of mismanagement and lack of proper veterinary care.

Stein, 60, a resident of New Hyde Park, said the advisory council for months made recommendations to Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick, the board’s shelter liaison, and new shelter director Susan Hansen. Source to Read More

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