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Maspeth, Queens animal lovers allege abuse

Fresh Pond Pet Shop gets notice from 104th Pct.

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:33 am, Thu Mar 20, 2014.

Maspeth animal lovers have reported appalling conditions at the Fresh Pond Pet Shop — dirty water in tanks, animals lying in their own feces, often going long periods of time without food or water, puppies kept in the hot sun — to the 104th Precinct.

Their complaints may have gotten results.

Two police officers hung a sign on the gate of the closed store located at 60-77 Fresh Pond Road at 1 p.m. Wednesday, stating that if the owners return to the premises, they must call the precinct. The animals inside had been without food and water since at least 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sally Keller, who lives across the street from the pet shop.

The store frequently opens late in the afternoon or doesn’t open at all. Its owner could not be reached for comment.

Ashley Hannon, also a Maspeth resident, described what she estimated was a 50-year- old blind eel swimming in water that was so disgusting she changed it herself.

Hannon took a female husky out of a cage too small for it to stand up on Tuesday and the dog was unable to walk.

“It was holding onto me like a baby,” Hannon said.

The animal had been detained for the past 18 hours.

According to Hannon, the owners say most of the animals, including rabbits, cats and a chinchilla, are drop-offs.

“I just feel so bad for the animals,” Hannon said. “They’re technically property, so we can’t do anything.”

The residents say that the Fresh Pond Pet Shop has been operated by the present owners for the past three or four months and that many neighbors have argued with them about the way the animals are treated and their living conditions.

“The whole neighborhood is in an uproar already about animal abuse,” one resident who chose to remain anonymous said. “This is a neighborhood full of animal lovers. You’re going to be watched like a hawk and you’re not going to get away with it.”

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  • Susan Davis posted at 6:02 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    Susan Davis Posts: 4

    Hope someone can tell us why many eyewitnesses said there was no water, why a big husky was in a cage way too small, Police say there was no evident neglect, but many in community say otherwise, who is right?

  • Susan Davis posted at 5:25 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    Susan Davis Posts: 4

    Animals have been removed by the owners when police were not there according to witnesses. We all want to know what these owners have done with the animals they removed since they have no legal right to sell them. I hope, as do many others that this will be investigated and that these owners will be arrested and prosecuted for the extreme neglect of these animals! I don't understand why they haven't been arrested already, they clearly are breaking an animal agriculture basic law by not feeding and watering the animals daily!

  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 10:36 am on Sat, Mar 15, 2014.

    CleanUpJamaicaQueens Posts: 118

    So why not give the names of the owners. Two to one, they are some kind of immigrants.