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Pet Supply Store Owner Helps Coordinate Horse Rescue — Online

Feed Bag owner Amy Cirincione helped organize the brush fire horse rescue from her store in Cutchogue.

Amy Cirincione wanted to rush to the Manorville area and be there with many of her horse owner friends, who happen to have trailers and were able to take the afternoon off on Monday. But the lifelong animal advocate and owner of the in Cutchogue had a store full of people and several clients booked for grooming.

But, she also had Facebook. And from the moment she saw the first picture of the brush fire posted, she said her phone — and her Facebook account — were ringing off the hook.

“Of course I was concerned about everyone, but people can get out, dogs and cats can be easily picked up — but livestock is a whole different game,” she said. “I knew that there were at least 100 horses over there on farms, and there is no way to get them out without trailer transportation.”

Cirincione now owns five horses — but she no longer has a trailer. But she said that she knew that the most important role she could play at the moment was online facilitator to people who were at the scene, trying remove the

“The horses had to be blindfolded with wet towels,” she said. “Everyone – people, horses — were freaking out, but horses tend to run back into a burning stable. That is their safety.”

I was the updater for all of my peeps that were there with trailers helping to evacuate the horses,” she continued. “I was on the phone and Facebook all day updating which barns and private farms needed rescue.”

Although many North Fork stable owners — including those on Shelter Island — offered to take some of the brush fire horses in, none had to. So many horse in Calverton and Riverhead took in every one of them during this stressful time.

“Horse people are crazy,” Cirincione said. “But everyone put aside their differences and worked together to make sure all of them were safe.”

Kas April 11, 2012 at 03:09 AM
You are an angel! I will visit your store this summer and spend a big buck! God Bless You!
Ashley Loreto April 11, 2012 at 03:16 AM
love this! makes me proud that i shop there...what a kind person!
Erin Schultz (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Scott Hunzinger said on Facebook: "Yay Amy!"
Erin Schultz (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 04:01 AM
George Barry said on Facebook: "Way to Go!!!!!!! Proof there ARE GOOD people in our communities."
Erin Schultz (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Ellen Barry said on Facebook: "Amy Rocks!!!!"
paula didonato April 11, 2012 at 01:16 PM
AWESOME! Thank You for your great work!
Rebecca Hoey April 11, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Amy the animals are so lucky to have you on their side! And we're lucky to know you!!
Erin Schultz (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Joe Trezza said on Facebook: "i was working outside with the horses all day ,seen the smoke but had no clue what was going on .when i was thirteen my grandfathers riding stable burnt to the ground in the middle of the night,with two tractor trailer loads of hay in the l...oft and over 100 horses.our house caught caught fire too.thank god all horses were out to pasture and they all survived.i surley would have helped if i knew.oh well you all did a great job."
MaryAnn April 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Thanks Amy you are truly a wonderful person!!
Victoria Germaise April 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Thank you, Amy, for all the important work you do....aside from running the best pet supply store on the east end!

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