MINEOLA, N.Y. – In Nassau County, New York, a news conference was held by District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly on Dec. 28 to discuss the remarkable survival of Cornell, a 2-year-old terrier mix. Cornell had endured 17 stab wounds, yet managed to overcome his injuries. Donnelly took the opportunity to underline the severity of the crime and address the need for justice for Cornell.
Found on Washport Avenue in Freeport on Nov. 27, a woman discovered Cornell and immediately brought him to Bobbi and the Strays, a nonprofit that specializes in finding homes for abused and abandoned animals. Subsequently, Cornell was transferred to the Hempstead animal shelter and later to the Farmingdale veterinary hospital, where his severe injuries were treated. Donnelly expressed the urgency of locating Cornell’s attacker, emphasizing the potential danger posed by someone capable of such cruelty to animals.
Donnelly, who has dedicated over a decade to prosecuting animal crimes, emphasized the seriousness with which she takes these cases. She also highlighted the potential charges Cornell’s assailant could face, including felony aggravated cruelty to animals. Additionally, Gary Rogers of the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
Within the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, Cornell has been showing signs of recovery, although he remains apprehensive. Staff have noted his ability to form strong bonds with people, emphasizing the need for a quiet and supportive environment in his future home. Despite his uncertain background, the shelter employees named him after Chris Cornell, the late lead vocalist of Soundgarden, in recognition of his unique and resilient spirit.
The investigation into Cornell’s attack remains ongoing, and members of the public are urged to report any information to the Nassau County Animal Crimes Hotline. Meanwhile, efforts to find a suitable home for Cornell continue, as authorities and animal advocates strive to ensure that he is provided with the care and security he deserves.