Starving and frail wallaby found in Long Island garage

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In East Rockaway, Long Island, a starving wallaby was found inside of a cold garage on Tuesday, after the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals received a tip. The exotic animal, who is native to Australia and New Guinea, had been locked inside of a trailer in a cold garage and seemingly abandoned.

According to CbsLocalNews, the animal, a cousin of the kangaroo, was immediately transferred to the Mineola Animal Hospital where it was determined he is an adult male extremely malnourished and in very poor health. He weighed less than half of the 40-pounds an animal of his breed and physical structure should weigh.

“He was pretty tame, he’s incredibly hungry so he’s gnawing on anything that gets in his path,” Dr. David Kolins stated, explaining the animal had no muscle mass and had been caged like a dog.

Officers from the Nassau County Society for the Preventiion of Cruelty to Animals stated the wallaby had been living a tortured life, and when rescued on Tuesday he had no food or water and had been living in a cage full of  his own feces and urine.

The home is owned by Larry Wallach, who claims to be an expert on exotic animals. Wallach was not in the home Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. It is not known if Wallach has been in the hospital for an extended period of time, but neighbors say he has not been seen for several weeks. Exotic animals are not permitted in the Town of Hemstead. An investigation is now underway.

(Photo of wallaby screenshot via AbcNews.)

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14 replies
  1. Linda Patton says:

    This person must be charged and sent to prison. He must serve a lengthly term! It took far longer then a few weeks for this innocent animal to be so severely underweight. This human is a vile hateful human and must pay his dues for his horrific acts!

  2. Liz B says:

    In my opinion, exotic animals should never be pets. A wallaby shouldn’t have to live this way, even if he wasn’t so mistreated. But add abuse on top of it, the man, whether or not he is hospitalized, should be punished to the fullest extent of the law–however meager a punishment that is.

  3. tina says:

    WTG rescuers. I’ll give the owner the benefit of the doubt. If he has been missing for several weeks perhaps something happened to him, however, I am outraged that he owned this exotic animal.

  4. Desire says:

    The news forgets to mention He was on life support in the hospital and couldn’t talk. He would never treat an animal like that! Him and his family love animals more than anyone ever existed. He saves animals all day volunteerily. He was found unconscious in his house.

    If you were in a car accident with your kids in the car seats and you were rushed to the hospital in icu should you go to jail for not taking care of your children?

    • ellen cottone says:

      but why did the other people in the house hold. who cut off the food supply, shove it in a metal crate and shove it in a freezing cold dark concreat garage. Freezing . in a new york winter.
      Whats the matter with you?

  5. ellen cottone says:

    shouldnt they look into his sorces. Of illigal Exotic animals.
    And what about all the other illigal and exotic animals he is also neglecting.and dont forget the other illigal ones in bording and hidden in the care of friends and family


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