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East End-Based Animal Shelter Providing Holiday Miracle For Over 30 Animals Rescued From Horrific Shelter Situations

Nicole Barylski

Dee is among animals rescued from the gruesome San Benito situation. (Courtesy Photo)

During the final weeks of 2019, Kent Animal Shelter is taking part of heroic rescue efforts.

After a member of a rescue group, Society for Companion Animals, Tawana Couch, visited an animal control in Wilmer, Texas, they found that the animals were being kept in a cramped building similar to a shed, without any windows or air conditioning, because animal control is a division of the sanitation department in the small Texas town.

The fate of those animals was extremely bleak, but the week prior to Christmas, 33 cats and dogs from that kill shelter in east Texas will be transported to the East End, where they will get a second chance at life at Kent.

And, that's not the only lifesaving efforts Kent, who is celebrating 50 years of assisting homeless animals, is welcoming. More than 250 dogs and a cat were discovered on a property in San Benito, Texas during a middle of the night seizure by authorities. The animals were cruelly kept in crates stacked three high, filled with urine and fecal matter, with no power in the building. Unfortunately 150 of the animals were dead and many more had to be euthanized. The woman responsible was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. In addition to the site in Texas, it was unearthed that she had also transported animals to Missouri.

In conjunction with Kent's rescue partner, the Society for Companion Animals, the Calverton-based animal shelter will take in some of the animals rescued from the horrific hoarding situation in the Rio Grande Valley.

"Kent has reached its goal of 800 animals saved this year from kill shelters, natural disasters and hoarding situations this year," Pam Green, Director of Kent Animal Shelter, relayed.

Once the animals arrive at Kent Animal Shelter, they will be assessed by the medical team, receive medical treatment, spay/neuter, vaccinations, and eventually, once they are ready, be put up for adoption.

Kent's mission is "to provide a no-kill haven for homeless, abused and abandoned animals until permanent homes can be found." Along with providing a safe space for animals to await adoption, the Calverton-based animal shelter also offers low cost spay/neuter and humane education programs.

Kent Animal Shelter is located at 2259 River Road in Calverton. For more information, call 631-727-5731 or visit www.kentanimalshelter.com.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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