I read with interest your front-page article concerning the cat shelter at the Science Museum of Long Island at Leeds Pond Preserve.
Having helped clean the enclosure on a number of occasions, I can assure your readers that there were no fleas or rats anywhere near the pen. In fact, as the floor of the structure was concrete, a visual determination that rats were present would have been impossible. As for the fleas, a number of the cats that have since been recovered and examined by veterinarians found none with any fleas. It seems strange that "vandalism" occurred only at the animal shelter. There are other buildings on the property yet none sustained damage. Mr. Loret also made mention of the smell of urine at the shelter being awful. Again, a misrepresentation since the litter boxes were cleaned each day and a clumping cat litter was used in all boxes. As for the claim that food left for the cats attracts undesirable animals, it must be pointed out that the property is adjacent to a pond and Manhasset Bay. This natural habitat is home to raccoons, possums and other animals that roam the preserve property even if food is not present.
A recent news story of animal abuse in Suffolk County had a comment from Chief Roy Gross, head of the Suffolk SPCA, basically stating that those who would do harm to animals, are also capable of horrific acts upon humans. The trustees state that they wish to make the property a safe and healthy environment for children.