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.”