Long Island Pawllywood employee fired after swinging dogs over his head on leash – NBC New York

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  • A former employee at a Long Island dog daycare was arrested and charged with animal abuse after he was caught on camera swinging several dogs above his head by their leashes, prosecutors said.
  • Andrew Laurendi was fired from his job at Pawllywood in Massapequa after he was apparently seen on security video shaking several dogs by their leashes, and police said he also smashed a dog’s face against a fence multiple times.
  • After Pawllywood management discovered the alleged abuse, they fired Laurendi and called the police to report what happened

A former employee at a Long Island dog daycare was arrested and charged with animal abuse after he was caught on camera swinging several dogs above his head by their leashes, prosecutors said.

Andrew Laurendi was fired from his job at Pawllywood in Massapequa, a petting and boarding business. Laurendi, 21, was apparently seen on security video shaking several dogs by their leashes, and police said he also smashed one dog’s face against a fence multiple times. This dog suffered serious injuries as a result.

“Horrible and very disturbing. It’s not only cruel and unfair to the animal, it’s dangerous to society,” said Gary Rogers of the Nassau County SPCA. “He’s a precursor to other violent crimes, not just protecting animals. This gentleman needs help.”

The county SPCA went to Laurendi’s home in town to check on his dogs, but he didn’t answer the door.

Law enforcement was made aware of the allegations after a pet owner alerted management that something was amiss. After Pawllywood management discovered the alleged abuse, they fired Laurendi and called the police to report what happened.

“They noticed the dog was cleaning, the dog was on a leash and was being waved in the air,” said Aaron Davis of Destination Pet, which owns Pawllywood. “We are devastated by these findings, as is everyone else.”

Laurendi worked at the business for about six months as an animal care attendant. The company said it is combining security video and interviews with employees to determine if there were other incidents.

Ari Rodriguez, a customer who dropped off her puppy Darla at daycare in the past, was shocked by the arrest.

“They’ve usually been pretty good, like I said I’m surprised,” Rodriguez said.

Laurendi is due back in court on December 21. Attorney information for him was not immediately available.

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