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Smithtown's Harlan & Olivia Fischer Honored For Donation To Animal Shelter

“We’ve rescued 10 dogs through the years… The dogs have just enhanced our lives for the 45 years we’ve been together. We love the animals, We think this shelter is great. When we learned there about the need for the fencing and it wasn’t unreasonable number. To see the results of the finished product, we just couldn’t be happier. Thank You for all of your hard work and dedication.” - Harlan Fischer

Smithtown, NY - On Monday at 10 AM, elected officials, Town employees and members of the community braved the cold & rain to honor Harlan & Olivia Fischer. The long time animal advocate and rescuers made a $7600 donation to the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center last year to help pay for the fencing around the dog runs. The Ceremony ended with the unveiling of the new sign at the main dog run and agility area, renamed in honor of The Harlan Fischer Family.

“I would like to personally Thank the Fischer’s and their whole family. To make a contribution like this for our animals… you can see how much they love it… We have all the gratitude in the world for your generosity. I’m honored to be here with you today.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim

“I thank Mr. Harlan & Olivia Fischer, who donated the fence to secure the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter Dog Park… There is one person to thank for this major change, and that is John Valentine who guided us all toward a new philosophy and for that, I am eternally grateful. Our Parks Department & Joe Arico have done an absolutely amazing job designing, creating & building a dog park that will bring years of joy to our shelter dogs!” - Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo, Liaison to the Animal Shelter

About the Dog Park:

The Parks Department crew under Joe Arico’s leadership helped to build the dog runs, removed all of the dead trees, brush and debris, installed the fence, added an in-ground sprinkler system, repaired the pen areas and the gates. The Highway Department, under the direction of Robert Murphy graded and paved the parking area, creating over 20 stalls, saving the town $25,000.

“I am extremely impressed by the positive changes the Smithtown Animal has made over the last year. When a community comes together, great things happen.” - Charmaine DeRosa

After the Dog Run Ceremony, Chief John Valentine conducted a walk-thru of the shelter, where many of the elected officials and animal advocates stayed and played with the rescue animals. Chief Valentine narrated the tour beginning with the Veterinary Medical Intake room, into the indoor/Outdoor dog kennels, Meet and Greet rooms, Cat Condo and Cat Room areas and the all new Kitten Playroom. Warm refreshments and continental breakfast was served in the Administration Area of the shelter after the tour.

Reader Comments (1)

A truly wonderful gift from the Fischers. A travesty that Smithtown wasted over $100,000/year on a proven incompetent veterinarian, with malpractice complaints and a separate charge pending instead of paying for the fence and a better shelter in general themselves. John Valentine and Lisa Inzerillo have managed to make thing worse over the last two years, not better. A pretty area for dogs, some new paint in an old office and their model shelter fantasy has done nothing to improve animal care. The shelter needs a qualified director, per Civil Service minimum requirements (none of which John Valentine meet). Even the agility equipment donation by Wehrheim and Lohmann is suspect - the raffle they held to raise the $$ was completely illegal - political parties are not allowed to hold raffles, period. They violated NYS Campaign Finance law and at least three town codes for that raffle. There is no record in Campaign Finance Disclosure Forms of the thousands raised by this raffle or the prizes awarded. And, adding insult to injury, the equipment purchase from Jamestown Advanced Products is not recorded in any Campaign Finance Disclosure forms, meaning those who donated to the illegal raffle have no idea how much the equipment actually was, only that the town valued it at $2,600, per a Feb., 2018 town board meeting. I've got plenty of documentation of all of this.
Wed, November 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKris M

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