05/02/15 8:00am
05/02/2015 8:00 AM
Trainer Gina Lepine  and Maddalena Mineo, 17, places treats on the agility plank to encourage Coco, 2 1/2, to walk down the incline Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Trainer Gina Lepine and Maddalena Mineo, 17, places treats on the agility plank to encourage Coco, 2 1/2, to walk down the incline Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

With a skip and a jump, two-year-old shelter dog Coco followed the trail of treats lined on a new agility plank at the Southold Town Animal Shelter with laser focus Thursday afternoon.

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02/22/15 6:45am
02/22/2015 6:45 AM
If you're a dog lover, this is an app you should download. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

If you’re a dog lover, this is an app you should download. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Anyone who enjoys animals, leisurely strolls or a combination of the two can take advantage of a new smartphone app that directs cash to a local animal shelter every time they take a walk.

Walk For a Dog uses the location services function on smartphones to track users’ walks and then makes a donation to an animal shelter of their choosing — just for using the app.  (more…)

05/25/14 12:00pm
05/25/2014 12:00 PM
Shoshire Kennels co-owner Dwayne Early of Aquebogue and his two-year-old long-haired Chihuahua Lady Gaga last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Shoshire Kennels co-owner Dwayne Early of Aquebogue and his long-haired Chihuahua Lady Gaga last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The rolling purr of a cat or sloppy kisses of a dog are a simple signs of affection that can go a long way for people, providing pet owners with a sense of companionship and something to look forward to when coming home to an otherwise empty house. (more…)

12/18/13 2:29pm
12/18/2013 2:29 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Dogs at the Southold Town Animal Shelter will soon have a new outdoor shading center with solar panels on its roof.

The Southold Town animal shelter will soon be powered by solar energy.

Wanting to take action before the end of the year in order to receive Long Island Power Authority rebates, the board accepted a bid Tuesday night for installation of photovoltaic panels at the shelter on Peconic Lane.

Oakdale-based SUNation was approved to place arrays on the roof of the shelter and construct a separate outdoor “shading space” for the animals that will also have solar panels on its roof.

The town received two offers on the proposed project after putting it out to bid in November, town engineer Michael Collins said during the board’s work session. The cheaper option, from Eldor Construction of Holtsville, would have cost the town roughly $266,000, Mr. Collins said. However, that company did not provide a design concept for the project, causing the town to pass.

“Without a concept plan, I have no way of knowing what their intention is,” Mr. Collins said.

The town ultimately accepted SUNation’s bid for $313,000. The company’s proposal includes a design plan and engineers from the firm visited the site before drafting their bid, Mr. Collins said. SUNation has been interested in the project since May and has since been working on developing a feasibility plan that would provide shading for the animals and help the town offset some of its electrical costs, Mr. Collins said.

“To chase $50,000 and risk losing LIPA rebates doesn’t make sense,” Supervisor Scott Russell said during the morning meeting. It was not clear how much of a rebate the town will receive.

The solar panels would be budgeted as a capital project in 2015 for construction in 2014, Mr. Russell said. Funding would come not just from the town but also from donations the animal shelter has already received, he said.