204 W 55th Street Apt 507A
New York NY 10019
April 6, 2013
The Town of Oyster Bay.
Town Supervisor John Venditto
54 AUDREY AVENUE
OYSTER BAY, NY 11771
Sent via website contact:
Subject: The shutting down of Bobby Horvath WINORR facility:
Dear Mr Venditto:
Does the Town of Oyster Bay care about wild animals and their present and future predicament with the encroachment of humans into their natural habitat?
Is the Town of Oyster Bay willing to return to the wild animals of Oyster Bay any amount of land which was taken away and developed for human purposes?
Has the Town of Oyster Bay taken any preventative measures to avert injury or mishaps to wild animals which can make the rescue and treatment of these injured animals less necessary, such that Bobby Horvath will not have to keep wild animals at his place of residence?
Some examples of these preventative measures can be;
* The banning of pest control substances which can have an adverse secondary effect on the non-target wild animals which Bobby Horvath rescues.
* Educating citizens to respect wild animals and banning hunting and other cruel pastimes.
* protecting the natural habitat of wild animals and disallowing humans from entering these protected areas to avoid unpleasant interactions.
Does the Town of Oyster Bay officials recognize that the land which they claim as their own and govern is not permanent and that ownership and governing exists only in the minds of the humans which choose to believe it. And as such while living in the folly of ownership it would be in the best interest of all to have some accommodation and thoughtfulness for both man and animal?
Is the Town of Oyster Bay willing to make some compromise with Bobby Horvath which will be in the best interest of the animals under his protection and care?
Was any citizen of the Town of Oyster Bay ever harmed or threatened by an animal under the care of Bobby Horvath?
Has Bobby Horvath or any of his associates showed sufficient irresponsibility in the keeping of the wild animals at his facility to warrant concern for the safety of the citizens of Oyster Bay?
Can you tell me exactly which Town code did Bobby Horvath violate or compromised which led to the Town of Oyster Bay's legal action on him.
Even with all these questions I must still applaud the officials of the Town of Oyster Bay for their loyal government and their concern for the wellbeing of its citizens, to take the action they did with Bobby Horvath--assuming however that the actions are justified.
I personally would love to know that there are town officials looking out for my welfare had I been a citizen of Oyster Bay.
I hope that if I ever made a trip to The Town of Oyster Bay that I can enjoy a visit free of worry from attacks from wild animals. I also hope that on that visit I can enjoy a smoke-free atmosphere and that your air is free of pollutants from cars and any other sources.
I also hope that your sodas are sized sufficiently small to prevent any lasting health problems which may cause more injury to my health than I can sustain from any wild turkey that can come loose from Bobby Horvath‘s facility.
I look forward to hearing from you so I can know first hand your untarnished reasons for coming down so hard on Bobby Horvath. I am very concerned for the fate of the animals under his care and for future animal rescues. Who will the people of NYC call on in the future to rescue wild animals in difficulty?
New York, NY
Town of Oyster Bay Code:
[Amended 12-14-2010 by L.L. No. 6-2010]
For the purpose of this article, unless otherwise expressly stated or unless the context or subject matter requires otherwise: DANGEROUS ANIMALAny of the following:
A. The following members of the class Reptilia: order Ophidia, such as but not limited to racers, boas, water snakes and pythons, and order Loricata, such as but not limited to alligators, caymans and crocodiles.
B. The following members of the class Aves: order Falconiformes, such as but not limited to hawks, eagles and vultures which are not kept pursuant to federal or state permit, and subdivision Ratitae, such as but not limited to ostriches, rheas, cassowaries and emus.
C. The following members of the class Mammalia: order Carnivora, expressly excepting the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) and the domestic cat (Felis catus), but including, but not limited to, the family Felidae, such as ocelots, margays, tigers, jaguars, leopards and cougars; the family Capidae, such as wolves, dingos, coyotes and jackals; order Marsupialia, such as kangaroos and common opossums (Didelphis marsupialia); order Chiroptera (bats); order Edentata, such as sloths, anteaters and armadillos; order Proboscidea (elephants); order Primata, including but not limited to monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas; order Ungulate, including but not limited to antelope, deer, bison and camels.
D. Any species of animal which is venomous to human beings whether its venom is transmitted by bite, sting, touch or other means, except honey-producing bees.
OWNERAny person, firm or corporation owning, having an interest in or having control, custody or possession of any dangerous animal.PERSONIncludes any individual, partnership, corporation or unincorporated association.
§ 103-10 Prohibitions.
A. No person shall own or keep any dangerous animal.
B. No premises may be used, occupied, erected or maintained for the harboring of any dangerous animal.
C. No person shall sell or offer for sale any dangerous animal.
§ 103-11 Exceptions.
The provisions of this Article are not applicable to the following:
A. Owners who use animals for diagnostic purposes or research and who have a valid permit issued by a governmental agency and whose animals are kept on the premises specified in the permit.
B. Owners who use animals for teaching purposes in recognized educational institutions and whose animals are kept on the premises of the institution or other authorized place.
C. Owners of establishments which treat or board animals on the premises and which are owned or operated by veterinarians licensed by the State of New York.
D. Owners who are engaged in agriculture as a permitted use pursuant to the Building Zone Ordinance Editor's Note: See Ch. 246, Zoning. and in connection therewith on the premises affected keep animals as beasts of burden, such as horses, donkeys, mules or burros, or raise animals as farm animals in dairying and animal and poultry husbandry.
E. Owners of horse riding academies and public horse stables and premises on which they are operated as a permitted use pursuant to the Building Zone Ordinance.
F. Owners of horses and other animals and the premises on which they are permitted to be kept for recreational purposes accessory to residential use of property pursuant to the provisions of the Building Zone Ordinance.
§ 103-12 Penalties for offenses.
A. A violation of any provision in this Article shall constitute an offense. Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Such an offense shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
B. The imposition of the penalties in this section shall not preclude the Town Attorney from instituting any appropriate action or proceeding to prevent a violation of this Article or to correct or abate a violation of this Article.