more than a dozen dogs eagerly waiting to be unleashed, the Town of Huntington
and the Long Island Power Authority today cut the ribbon on a new dog park and
run adjacent to the Town's Animal Shelter.
after the ribbon was cut, local dog owners took pleasure in releasing their pets
into the 24,000 square foot fenced-in run. The new facility, located on property
owned by LIPA, will be managed and maintained by the Town.
a great day for all of our four-legged friends," said Supervisor Frank P.
Petrone. "We made a promise to our dog owners that we would construct a safe and
quality dog run and we are in the process of delivering just that. Without the
assistance and cooperation of LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel, this would not
have been possible."
very pleased that LIPA has been able to provide this unique facility for
Huntington area pet lovers," said Chairman Kessel. "As a pet owner myself, I
know how a pet's health and safety can be of great concern to an owner. By
working closely with Supervisor Petrone, we have been able to construct a
facility that will allow pets to be exercised in an enclosed and protected
also announced that a separate, 11,200 square-foot run will be opened adjacent
to the general public dog run to benefit those dogs that are temporarily held at
the Town's Animal Shelter. Animal advocates and Shelter volunteers lobbied the
Town for a separate run to provide the sheltered dogs with a safe and contained
space for exercise.
our shelter volunteers have done an outstanding job by walking our dogs on a
daily basis," Councilwoman Marlene L. Budd said, "this new facility will enable
our dogs to run free and therefore provide much needed
closely with the dog advocacy group, H-Dog, and other dog owners, the Town
conducted an extensive search of properties throughout the Town to construct a
run facility. After being contacted by the Town, Chairman Kessel agreed to
explore the feasibility of providing space on a vacant right-of-way owned by the
utility. With LIPA providing the land, the Town paid for the installation of
fencing and grading.
Mark Cuthbertson noted that the East Northport facility is the third dog run to
be established in the Town. In conjunction with Suffolk County, the Town is
helping to build a facility at Coindre Hall in Huntington. Suffolk manages
another run at West Hills Park in West Hills.
new run represents our continued commitment to enhancing the quality of lives
for everyone who lives in Huntington," said Councilman Cuthbertson. "Our dog
owners have been patient and cooperative throughout the search process and I
thank them for their assistance."
Susan A. Berland, the proud owner of a Chinese Crested Powder Puff, said the
run's location is perfect and will not have any adverse impacts on residential
neighborhoods. "This run is bordered by the Town's Resource Recovery Facility
and a private bus company," Councilwoman Berland said. "I am happy that we have
upheld our promise to our dog owners – and our canine
Councilman Mark Capodanno: "Huntington has once again demonstrated its
commitment to meeting the needs of our residents. This run will contribute
greatly to the physical and mental health of our dogs and I thank LIPA for its