On Oct. 2, City Court Judge Richard McCord sentenced Manhattan Administrative Law Judge Marilyn Shapiro, who lives on East Island, to 750 hours of community service to be exclusively served at the Glen Cove Animal Lovers League. Ms. Shapiro has paid the City of Glen Cove $5,000 in fines and will pay a total of $5,100 in restitution all of which are related to her mistreatment of 11 dogs on premises she owned that were rat infested, neglected and littered with feces.
Last January, Glen Cove police officers and code enforcers responded to a myriad of complaints lodged by neighbors of the abandoned 19 Eastland Drive on East Island. The complaints had been made repeatedly over the years by neighbors who could no longer withstand the barking dogs, rat infestation on the premises, and feces and urine odors. During a raid on the home, police removed 11 dogs, black Labs and Golden Retrievers, and took them to the city's animal shelter or to a local veterinarian. The dogs had been kept in the house without heat, food or potable water. One of the dogs had to be euthanized.
In performing the community service, Ms. Shapiro must complete 450 of those hours in the first year. As a condition of the settlement, she has agreed not to own cats and/or dogs for a one year period. The restitution paid by Ms. Shapiro will cover the cost incurred by the Animal Lovers League when they cared for the rescued canines. The dogs have been adopted. Meanwhile, according to the city, Ms. Shapiro lives in 18 Eastland with someone who happens to own dogs. The settlement gives the city the right to conduct monthly inspections of 18 Eastland, upon 48 hours notice, to ensure the safety of those dogs.
The court waived sealing rights, making this entire matter public record.