Lynne Schoepfer Interviewed by Eyewitness News and Port Times-Record

Pictured (left to right): Frank Floridia, Midnight, WABC-TV’s Josh Einiger and Lynne Schoepfer.

Save-A-Pet’s executive director, Lynne Schoepfer, was interviewed by Eyewitness News and The Port Times-Record for a story on “Midnight,” a Chesapeake Bay-retriever mix that was brought to Save-A-Pet after being treated by veterinarians at Central Veterinary Associates in Valley Stream and being placed in quarantine for six months.

Midnight was found wandering the storm-ravaged area near Brooklyn right after Hurricane Sandy hit. A Good Samaritan, Mary Pellegrino, found the dog and brought it to the New York City Board of Health, where officials noticed a bite wound and, suspecting the animal may have rabies, decided to quarantine the animal instead of euthanizing it. (Animals that test positive for rabies must be quarantined for six months under New York City Board of Health law.)

Ms. Pellegrino said she could not afford the quarantine boarding fee but she did not want to see the animal destroyed, either. Through the Animal Planning Task Force, she was contacted by Central Veterinary Associates, which took in the dog at a rate of $5 a night to help cover the cost of food. Best Friends Animal Rescue, which alerted Guardians of Rescue about the dog, offered to pay the fee.

Frank Floridia, Guardians of Rescue’s operations manager, came down to Central Veterinary Associates to pick up the dog and transport it to Save-A-Pet, where he is ready for adoption.

To view the Eyewitness News segment, click here. To read the Port Times Record article, click here.


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