Hempstead Town Animal Shelter Director Reassigned

Pat Horan was removed from her position following a ‘disturbing’ video that was posted on YouTube.

The Town of Hemsptead Animal Shelter director seen on a YouTube video that surfaced recently depicting employees making obscene gestures, handling a kitten and saying “kill the kitty,” has been reassigned.

Supervisor Kate Murray stated that she has taken “immediate action” on this matter. 

Pat Horan, the shelter’s acting director has been reassigned to the Department of General Services. According to a town spokesperson, Horan is currently earning $92,491 in her position.

Additionally, town officials say it will be conducting a search for an animal shelter director immediately.

Horan was also under scrutiny earlier this year when a media outlet reported she had registered to vote in Nassau County, even though records state she resides in Suffolk County.

(Editor's Note: The material in this video may be offensive.)

Andrew Coen contributed to this article.

Robert Demarco May 09, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Larry's comment is right on. Patronage has drained our economy in Nassau County, and in the Town of hempstead for decades. these people all take care of each other and their friends and benefactors. The politically connected lawyers get all plums that the courts dole out, and government legal business is thrown their way. Regardless of who is in power, this cycle continues.
larry May 09, 2011 at 07:30 PM
its a shame-, the hempstead shelter could run on 40g less a week,,thats 2 mill a year,140g a week to run this shelter?,are we nuts?no wonder u see a video w/3 employees goofing off.so much time to screw around..and abuse animals,this is just one agency,there are so many,maybe 20- 50-and that adds up swiftly..a review of town and county (and agencies) lawsuits and attorneys they pay,would be an interesting audit.we constituents are victims.the patronage jobs roll back and forth from republicans to democrats.See the otb,you'd see instantly its a bunch of guys padding theyre pensions so they retire w/fat checks,as soon as republicans won the county supervisor election,regardless of good job or bad,out w/dems in w/republicans after lawsuits which we paid for,As politicians say-"to the victor goes the spoils",like we are pawns in theyre game!whos driver now gets the job,and whos former fund raiser..whos buddy..theres 2-3 million there with 7 guys at 125-200,000 annual salaries,doin very little work,and its endless..Nifa was undressing them,exposing the 500g paid out to Rifkin Radler..and if they didnt say uncle, they would have been exposed as corrupt/wasteful,which they are.Its politics at its best!LOL!everybody looked the other way when times were good,,but now we are elimnating our childrens school programs or paying more r.e. taxes then we can afford..people are moving away...as we pad politicians pensions and carry bloated payroll at county departments,,,enough is enough.
Joann June 01, 2011 at 05:36 AM
Here is the latest TOHAS victim.Please watch and share: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-WginPR56w&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL There will be a candlelight vigil this Friday June 3rd at 8pm at TOHAS in honor of "Ilsa" and all of the unnecessary senseless deaths.Please come and show your support!
Russ June 12, 2011 at 02:57 AM
Main problem is no agency in Nassau oversees proper animal cruelty investigations. Police only refer it to the SPCA who does nothing. This results in numerous animals dying from abuse each year. The spca was taken to court two times by volunteers due to improper management, not investigating cruelty, and donations disappearing. The last time they had their guns taken away from them. Nassau County still gave them a $ 100,000 donation recently. The Police have been sued in 2004 to force them to handle cruelty but the county has been still fighting this in state court.
Lisa December 13, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I meet this women through a friend and she is a contributor of buying illegal marijuana besides bragging about hang out with Kate Murray fund raisers and making donation to Kate for her job. Look at her check book and check her for drugs.


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