The Town also approved a free pit bull and pit bull mix adoption event for the month of October, waiving the $80 fee, which includes the spaying or neutering of an adopted dog.
Huntington, NY - Sept. 7, 2018 - At its September 5 meeting, the Huntington Town Board approved a free adoption and spay-neuter event for National Pit Bull Awareness Month, scheduled various public hearings, including a hearing to consider removing size limitations on chicken coops and duck houses.
The Town Board scheduled a public hearing for the Thursday, September 20, 2018 Town Board Meeting at 7:00 PM to consider removing size limitations on coops, pens or houses in which chickens or ducks are kept.
“We like to preserve and enjoy what open space we can in the Town of Huntington and that also goes for our chickens and ducks!” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, who sponsored the humane resolution to remove limitations on the size of chicken and duck dwellings. “A resident with the knowledge of best practices on raising chickens came to us and said the existing law limiting the size of chicken coops didn’t make any sense, chickens need as much space to roam as possible, and now we’ll be able to hear what the public thinks.”
The Town Board approved a free spay and neuter clinic for pit bulls and pit bull mixes for the month of October 2018, in recognition of National Pit Bull Awareness Month, taking place at North Shore Veterinary Hospital and Little Shelter Animal Rescue. The Town also approved a free pit bull and pit bull mix adoption event for the month of October, waiving the $80 fee, which includes the spaying or neutering of an adopted dog. Both resolutions were cosponsored by Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, Councilwoman Joan Cergol and Councilman Ed Smyth.
“A breed once nicknamed ‘America’s dog’ now suffers from a stigma imposed by the inhumane treatment of cruel owners. The Huntington Animal Shelter is doing a great job rehabilitating all dogs that pass through our doors to ensure they are ready for adoption, as evidenced by our high adoption rate and our ability to take in dogs from other Towns and find them their forever homes,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. “This event, which offers free adoptions, includes free spaying and neutering for pit bulls and pit mixes, making it even easier for Huntington residents to find great dogs that are in desperate need of a home.”
“Each October for the past few years, in marking Pit Bull Recognition Month, the Town has offered free spaying and neutering for pit bulls and pit bull mixes and waived adoption fees at the Town’s Animal Shelter. This has proved to be a successful program that has helped many dogs at the shelter find their forever homes. I hope that this year is no exception, and that these measures will help overcome the misconceptions about the breed and encourage people to consider properly trained and socialized pit bulls as pets,” said Councilwoman Cergol.
“I am happy to partner with the North Shore Veterinary Hospital and Little Shelter Animal Rescue to conduct a free spaying neutering program for pit bulls and pit bull mixes to bring awareness to National Pit Bull Month for all of October. Through this partnership we hope to see some of these dogs adopted into loving families,” said Councilman Smyth.