Santa Comes Early For New Putnam SPCA
Retiring Putnam County Executive Robert Bondi donned his Santa Claus suit Tuesday by agreeing to allow the recently formed Putnam SPCA to use a building at the Putnam County Park in Kent as a temporary shelter for abused animals.
Bondi joined Legislators Richard Othmer of Kent and MaryEllen Odell of Carmel, both who serve on the legislature’s Protective Services Committee, Ken Ross of the Westchester SPCA, and veterinarian Dr. Jack Kovitz, who serves on the board of the new organization, for an inspection of the wood-frame structure that is used each summer at the Putnam 4-H Fair to house rabbits and chickens.
Bondi said since the facilities are available, and a “tremendous need exists for a place to keep animals taken from abusive owners, it makes sense to allow the SPCA to use the building on a temporary basis until next April, following approval of the entire legislature.”
Othmer said he thinks the lease will be approved of on Dec. 7. “This place is a godsend,” he said, adding that anyone who harms an animal should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Dr. Kovitz has seen the abuse inflicted on animals over his many years of practice: “It’s never easy to treat a poor dog or cat, which has been beaten, starved, and, in some cases, burned. This facility is sorely needed. Animal cruelty is a crime, and when a dog or cat is seized they must be brought to a safe haven. Finally, we in Putnam County have that respite.”
Dr. Kovitz said the SPCA “fills a need that cannot be achieved by the Putnam Humane Society. Abuse cases are not normally handled by the Humane Society nor are animals that must be seized. A law enforcement component must care for these animals while at the same time affording proper medical care.”
The new SPCA does not want to become adversarial with the Humane Society.