The Nassau wildlife rescue group that was ordered to clear out their animals after being found in violation of town code will now get to keep most of their animals on the premises as part of a deal reached with Oyster Bay officials.
Robert and Cathy Horvath, the rehabilitators behind the non-profit group Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, were contacted over the weekend by Oyster Bay’s Town Supervisor, John Venditto. After multiple meetings, they reached a deal on Tuesday that would allow the couple to continue to rehabilitate wildlife at their home.
According to the group’s Facebook page, the Horvaths will be limited in what kinds of creatures they can care for in their home, and so they will be considering the Tackapausha Museum, the animal shelters, and other appropriate locations if they take on animals that are against the town code of their hamlet of North Massapequa.
As part of the compromise, the Horvaths had to say goodbye to several of their resident animals, including their bobcat, Tasha, who was rescued as a cub from a fur farm. Tasha will be relocated to Holtsville Wildlife and Ecology Center, where she will be in good company with the center’s resident bobcats and a bobcat/domestic cat mix.
“They are very good people who do very good work,” said Venditto of the Horvaths. “We were looking for a way for them to carry on their good work in such a manner that it is not offensive to the surrounding community.”
Outside of the good work done by WINORR, Venditto was also likely drawn to the table by a petition to save the group that was started by Manhattan resident Robin Lynn, who gathered over 32,000 signatures.
“We are glad it’s over, [we] just want to be good neighbors and will strive to improve and continue to assist whenever and wherever we can,” wrote Robert Horvath on the Facebook page.