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Long Island man arrested for keeping 25 animals in miserable, hazardous conditions

Posted at 5:30 PM, Aug 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-18 17:57:35-04

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. -- A Long Island man has been arrested for keeping his horses, donkeys, dogs, goats, sheep, rabbits and geese in extremely poor living conditions in his Old Westbury property.

54-year-old Michael Dombek faces 25 counts of starving an animal. The district court of Nassau County says he kept seven horses, three donkeys, two dogs, eight goats, one sheep, two rabbits, and two geese in "unsafe" living conditions at his home at 207 Jericho Turnpike. These conditions led to the animals' medical problems.

A witness says Dombeck's entire property is covered in debris and manure, and containers with water were covered in a slimy green substance, believed to be algae. The witness said trash was strewn everywhere, including where the animals were living.

The witness saw donkeys with open wounds on legs, two horses that appeared to be very thin. Dr. Pamela Corey, a veterinarian with New York Equine said the medical conditions of the animals were suffering included untreated dermatitis, as well as, overgrown hoofs and open wounds.

“Our investigators found these defenseless animals with ribs showing from malnutrition, infected hooves from filthy living conditions, and water covered in slime,” Acting DA Singas said. “Thankfully, with the help of the Nassau County SPCA, veterinarians, and our Animal Crimes Unit, they will get the care they need, and this defendant will be held accountable for this outrageous neglect.”