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spca: $2,000 reward in case of dog thrown from car in holtsville


this pit bull was thrown out of a car thursday, jan. 18, 2018, in holtsville, the spca said. photo credit: suffolk spca the suffolk spca said friday it is offering a $2,000 reward in the case of a “blatant act of animal cruelty” involving a pit bull thrown out of a car in holtsville. the incident, reported to police by a good samaritan, happened at about 8:30 p.m. thursday on the corner of elmhurst street and washington avenue, the spca said.witnesses said the dog was “thrown” from a silver four-door...






spca: mastic woman charged with animal cruelty again


advertisement | advertise on newsdaydonna spall, 45, of mastic, was charged with animal cruelty on june 19, 2017, the suffolk county spca said. (credit: suffolk county spca) a mastic woman has been charged with animal cruelty for the second time in three months, officials said tuesday.a detective from the suffolk county spca responded to a complaint and found six cats monday living in unsanitary conditions in the midland avenue home of donna spall, 45, the agency said.one of the cats required veterinary care, spca chief roy gross said.spall was...






spca: alligator seized from ronkonkoma home


the alligator the suffolk county spca seized friday, dec. 1, 2017, from a ronkonkoma home. photo credit: suffolk county spca the suffolk county spca said monday it has seized a 4-foot-long alligator from a ronkonkoma home.the seizure on friday serves as a reminder that owning an exotic reptile might make for a good children’s book like “the house on east 88th street” about lyle the crocodile living in a bathtub but in reality it is not a good idea.“in real life it’s an accident, waiting to happen,” said...






spca: dog left in car euthanized; owner charged with cruelty


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymichael milone, 60, of shirley was charged sept. 24, 2017, with animal neglect after leaving his pit bull confined in a vehicle without proper ventilation, according to the suffolk county spca. (credit: spca) a pit bull brought into an emergency veterinary clinic last week in suffolk county had to be euthanized because it had been left in an unventilated car for hours without any water, officials said.the dog’s owner, michael milone, 60, of shirley, was charged sunday with animal cruelty, according to chief roy gross of the suffolk county spca.“our detectives got a statement from mr. milone....






cat scrams after rescue from storm drain, suffolk spca says


advertisement | advertise on newsday a team of firefighters and suffolk county spca officials spent an hour friday, feb. 17, 2017, in bayport rescuing a cat that was stuck in a storm drain 25 feet below ground, the spca said. the cat was lured with food, but as soon as it ascended a ladder and saw "broad daylight," it ran away, said paul llobell, a captain and commanding officer of the spca's law enforcement division. (credit: jenn pape / suffolk county spca) a team of firefighters and suffolk county spca officials spent an hour friday afternoon in bayport rescuing a cat that had gotten stuck in a storm drain 25 feet below ground.employees from vitamin world on vitamin drive called the bayport fire department for help with the feline that they feared was unable to find its way out. firefig






brentwood man charged with animal cruelty, spca says


advertisement | advertise on newsdayisaac pizarro, 23, of brentwood, was charged on saturday, april 29, 2017, with failure to provide proper sustenance and improper shelter of his dogs,  the suffolk county spca said. (credit: suffolk county spca) a brentwood man has been charged with cruelty to animals for failing to provide proper sustenance and shelter for his dogs, according to a suffolk county spca news release issued wednesday.spca detectives charged isaac pizarro, 23, of arthur street, on april 29 with failure to provide proper sustenance and improper shelter, a misdemeanor charge, the release said. the detectives went...






spca: bay shore woman with 10 birds, one dog charged with animal cruelty


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymichelle benners-pratt, 51, of bay shore, was charged saturday, april 29, 2017, with 11 counts of animal cruelty because she kept her 10 birds and a dog confined in "unhealthy, unsanitary, deplorable conditions," the suffolk county spca said monday, may 1. (credit: spca) a bay shore woman has been charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty because she kept her 10 birds and a dog confined in “unhealthy, unsanitary, deplorable conditions,” the suffolk county spca said monday.michelle benners-pratt, 51, of north thompson drive, was charged by the spca after its detectives went to her apartment on saturday to investigate a report of animal neglect, according to...






spca: black racer snake removed from medford garage


advertisement | advertise on newsdayspca det. dominic mozzone with the 6-foot-long black racer snake that made its way into a residential garage in medford on may 17, 2017. the nonvenomous snake was released in a wooded area. (credit: spca) actor nicolas cage once said, “every great story seems to begin with a snake.” you don’t need to tell that to the medford resident who flagged down an spca detective wednesday, alerting the officer to the huge snake lurking in the family’s garage.suffolk county spca det. dominic mozzone, who officials said was in the neighborhood for an unrelated matter, entered the garage to find...






spca: man drowned mom’s cat instead of euthanizing it


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymichael moskowitz, 53, of west hampton dunes, who faces a felony charge of animal cruelty, tossed his mother's elderly cat into moriches bay instead of euthanizing it, officials said on monday, oct. 23, 2017. (credit: suffolk spca) a west hampton dunes man did not want to pay a veterinarian to euthanize his mother’s elderly cat so he killed the pet by putting it in its carrier and tossing it into moriches bay, officials said monday.michael moskowitz, 53, was arrested sunday and arraigned monday in southampton town court on a felony charge of animal cruelty, according to chief roy gross of the suffolk county spca.he...






east patchogue man broke pit bull’s leg, spca says


justin notartomaso, 23, of east patchogue, was charged with felony animal cruelty on saturday, dec. 23, 2017, the suffolk county spca said. photo credit: spca by jean-paul [email protected] @jpaulsalamanca updated december 23, 2017 5:16 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailan east patchogue man is facing animal cruelty charges after breaking the leg of a female pit bull, suffolk county spca officials said saturday. according to the spca, justin notartomaso, 23, was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty saturday after detectives said he struck his stepbrother’s 2-year-old pit bull named treasure with a two-by-four piece of lumber, “severely shattering” her hind leg.notartomaso is in custody and awaiting arraignment, the spca said. it was not imme






animal cruelty charges for mastic woman after 35 cats seized, spca says


a mastic woman is facing animal cruelty charges after authorities seized 35 cats from her home, saying she failed to “provide proper sustenance” for the malnourished animals.advertisement | advertise on newsdaydonna spall, 45, of midland avenue, was arrested monday by suffolk county spca detectives and is now scheduled to appear for arraignment may 25 in first district court in central islip.spca chief roy gross said in a news release wednesday that the cats are being treated and will be available for adoption once they have recovered — and are deemed healthy.






lake ronkonkoma woman faces 49 counts of animal cruelty, spca says


officials had to wear breathing apparatus and protective gear to search a lake ronkonkoma home that contained 47 cats, a turtle and a parrot, officials said wednesday.“there wasn’t a place in the house you could walk without stepping in feces,” chief roy gross of the suffolk county spca said.most popular“there were empty cans of cat food strewn around. it was absolutely deplorable. these conditions had to be years in the making,” he said.homeowner marilyn brischler, 62, was charged with 49 counts of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, and ordered to appear in first district court in central islip on aug. 22, gross said.he said the house on arlington road has been condemned as uninhabitable by the town of brookhaven and that the town animal shelter took the animals.suffolkanimal abuse cases on l






spca: black racer snake removed from medford garage


actor nicolas cage once said, “every great story seems to begin with a snake.”william kane certainly can attest to that.most popularkane, 65, was cleaning pollen off his car at his home in medford on wednesday when he ran inside to grab his car keys. he returned to the garage just in time to find a black 6-foot-long snake slithering across the floor. “that’s when,” kane said thursday, recalling the moment, “i learned i could scream like a little girl.”the snake sped off to hide behind a refrigerator.petsanimals on the loose on li, in nykane, a former executive for at&t and aer lingus, ran into the house, yelling for his wife, mary — then sought out some workers at the meadowbrook pointe links & spa, the retirement community where the couple lives.advertisement | advertise on newsdaya garde






east patchogue man broke pit bull’s leg, spca says


justin notartomaso, 23, of east patchogue, was charged with felony animal cruelty on saturday, dec. 23, 2017, the suffolk county spca said. photo credit: spca by jean-paul [email protected] @jpaulsalamanca updated december 23, 2017 5:16 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailan east patchogue man is facing animal cruelty charges after breaking the leg of a female pit bull, suffolk county spca officials said saturday. according to the spca, justin notartomaso, 23, was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty saturday after detectives said he struck his stepbrother’s 2-year-old pit bull named treasure with a two-by-four piece of lumber, “severely shattering”...to continue... already a newsday or optimum customer ?log inget unlimited digital access $1 f






spca: nesconset woman accused of neglecting horses


a nesconset woman has been charged with animal cruelty after her nine horses were found emaciated and in “deplorable” conditions at a boarding facility in bohemia, the suffolk county spca said saturday.on friday, vanessa costello, 29, of 25 chivalry lane, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for failure to provide proper sustenance including veterinary care, suffolk spca chief roy gross said. most popularcostello is scheduled to appear in first district court in central islip on aug. 31.gross said the horses were being boarded at a facility on blake avenue in bohemia but that their care was costello’s responsibility.“some are full maintenance facilities and in some you rent stalls,” gross said. he said costello was a renter. “she was therefore absolutely responsible — like someone w






spca: nesconset woman accused of neglecting horses


a nesconset woman has been charged with animal cruelty after her nine horses were found emaciated and in “deplorable” conditions at a boarding facility in bohemia, the suffolk county spca said saturday.on friday, vanessa costello, 29, of 25 chivalry lane, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for failure to provide proper sustenance including veterinary care, suffolk spca chief roy gross said. most popularcostello is scheduled to appear in first district court in central islip on aug. 31.gross said the horses were being boarded at a facility on blake avenue in bohemia but that their care was costello’s responsibility.“some are full maintenance facilities and in some you rent stalls,” gross said. he said costello was a renter. “she was therefore absolutely responsible — like someone w






spca: amnesty day in sept. to surrender illegal, exotic animals


years ago, suffolk county spca chief roy gross said, some guy bought a bear cub in minnesota, rented a car and drove the cub back to long island — and kept it in the house with his little kids.then, gross said, that black bear cub started to grow. and the owner realized just how dangerous a full-grown bear might be — and that owning one probably wasn’t such a good idea.most popularin the years since, gross said tuesday, the spca has answered calls and confiscated an assortment of illegally owned, wild, exotic and highly dangerous or endangered animals. “we’ve had leopards in dix hills, a number of cougars. venomous snakes, monkeys, alligators. even a crocodile.”as gross said: “nothing surprises me anymore.” and, he said, “that’s the problem.”last week, the spca got a call from a man in ron






hempstead woman neglected dog, nassau spca says


a hempstead woman faces arraignment wednesday on animal neglect charges after investigators from the nassau county spca determined she failed to properly care for a shih tzu she owned, officials said.the spca said christine key, 47, has been charged with failure to provide proper sustenance to gigi after a call from a groomer on feb. 23. spca detectives determined the dog suffered from “severe neglect, being low in body weight, deprived of basic hygienic and dental care, and veterinary care.”advertisement | advertise on newsdayin a statement released wednesday, the spca said the dog’s hair was so matted that its collar needed to be cut off and it had “severely rotted gums and teeth, with many teeth falling out and nails long and curled,” making it difficult to walk.see alsorecent li mug sh






nassau spca: port washington man bites eye out of family shih tzu


a port washington man has been accused of biting the eye out of his family’s shih tzu, officials said monday.the 3-year-old dog, named chloe, was taken to an animal hospital about 9 p.m. on nov. 6 with its right eye bitten out, the nassau county spca said.the dog underwent surgery to reattach her right eye, and the veterinarian hoped the eye can be saved, the spca said.aaron...






spca: mastic woman charged with animal cruelty again


a mastic woman has been charged with animal cruelty for the second time in three months, officials said tuesday.a detective from the suffolk county spca responded to a complaint and found six cats monday living in unsanitary conditions in the midland avenue home of donna spall, 45, the agency said.advertisement | advertise on newsdayone of the cats required veterinary care, spca chief roy gross said.see alsorecent li mug shotsdatali crime statsspall was charged with a misdemeanor and ordered to appear in first district court in central islip on aug. 22, gross said.he said spall also has a court date on july 20 to respond to similar charges after the agency found 43 cats in her home in march.those cats were put up for adoption after treatment, and the six cats found monday were newly acquir






spca: bay shore woman with 10 birds, one dog charged with animal cruelty


a bay shore woman has been charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty because she kept her 10 birds and a dog confined in “unhealthy, unsanitary, deplorable conditions,” the suffolk county spca said monday.michelle benners-pratt, 51, of north thompson drive, was charged by the spca after its detectives went to her apartment on saturday to investigate a report of animal neglect, according to a news release.advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuffolk county spca chief roy gross said in a telephone interview monday that the detectives found 10 birds in cages and a cavachon loose in the apartment.see alsorecent li mug shotsdatali crime stats“the conditions were absolutely deplorable,” gross said. “the fire department had to be called to ventilate the apartment because of all the feces and flies






spca: black racer snake removed from medford garage


actor nicolas cage once said, “every great story seems to begin with a snake.” you don’t need to tell that to the medford resident who flagged down an spca detective wednesday, alerting the officer to the huge snake lurking in the family’s garage.most popularsuffolk county spca det. dominic mozzone, who officials said was in the neighborhood for an unrelated matter, entered the garage to find a 6-foot-long black racer snake. officials said mozzone was able to secure the snake and remove it. which no doubt proved the best part of the story for the unidentified homeowner.black racer snakes are indigenous to the area, the spca said. they can be found all along the east coast, from maine to the florida keys. though they look dangerous, they’re actually nonvenomous — a constrictor that feeds on






cat scrams after rescue from storm drain, suffolk spca says


a team of firefighters and suffolk county spca officials spent an hour friday afternoon in bayport rescuing a cat that had gotten stuck in a storm drain 25 feet below ground.employees from vitamin world on vitamin drive called the bayport fire department for help with the feline that they feared was unable to find its way out. firefighters alerted the suffolk county spca, and members from both agencies arrived at the location at 2:30 p.m., according to a news release issued by the spca.most popularat first, rescuers couldn’t see the cat but could hear its cries, said paul llobell, a captain and commanding officer of the spca’s law enforcement division.jennifer pape, a humane investigator with the spca, lowered cat food into the storm drain and the animal quickly was drawn to it, llobell sa






alligators, turtles and lizards turn up for long island exotic animal program


it was a normal saturday at the town of brookhaven wildlife and ecology center — and then two alligators, eleven turtles, a five-foot-long lizard and a duck showed up. the deliveries, though unusual, were not unexpected.they were some of about 20 creatures brought to the holtsville facility as part of an “exotic animal amnesty day” hosted by the suffolk county spca, the new york state department of environmental conservation and the town of brookhaven. the event, held in the county once or twice a year, offers residents who keep animals that are illegal to own or just hard to handle the chance to surrender them to authorities without penalty, officials said.(credit: ed betz)“no questions asked, you’re not going to be charged,” said roy gross, the suffolk spca department chief, seen here lo






spca: mulling summonses for east rockaway wallaby owner


authorities are considering filing summonses against the owner of a young wallaby found tuesday living in an east rockaway garage.n au county spca officials discovered the wallaby — a smaller cousin of the kangaroo that is native to australia — in the garage of a home on seawane road after a phone call alerted them to the animal’s presence.most popularthe owner, larry wallach, has previously rehabilitated other exotic animals and worked with the n au and suffolk spca organizations in the past, n au county spca spokesman gary rogers said.newsday has reported wallach has had a tiger, an asiatic lion cub and a cougar at his home.“we’re trying to verify where mr. wallach is,” rogers said wednesday, noting that someone else answered the home’s door tuesday. that person will not be charged becau






n au spca: wallaby found living in east rockaway garage


advertisement | advertise on newsdayon tuesday, jan. 31, 2017, the n au county spca received a call that there was a wallaby living in the garage of an east rockaway home. the wallaby, illegal in the town of hempstead, was found in a small cage with no food or water. the matter is currently under investigation. the homeowner could face animal cruelty charges. (credit: jim staubitser) so, how did a wallaby — smaller cousin to the kangaroo and native to australia — come to be caged and living in a garage in east rockaway?that’s just what the n au county spca was looking to determine, after removing the creature tuesday afternoon from a dog-run type enclosure covered with sheets that was inside a garage at a seawane road residence, said gary rogers, spca spokesman.described...






bay area adoptions and pet-related events


the peninsula humane society & spca invite the public to tour its wildlife care center from noon to 4 p.m. on urday, feb. 4. (courtesy of phs/spca) wildlife care center open house: the peninsula humane society & spca (phs/spca) is holding an open house of its wildlife care center, a state-of-the-art facility inside and on the rooftop of its center for comp ion. the free event includes crafts, a raffle and fun, educational activities. kids and kids at heart can dissect owl pellets and clean glue and oil from feathers and more. donations of mealworms, raw unsalted peanuts, dove seed, unsalted creamy peanut er and spray millet are always welcome. noon-4 p.m. feb. 4, 1450 rollins road, burlingame.






sweet apple pie, swiss miss from florida, and petite peanut are looking for home


here are a few animals up for adoption in the bay area:peninsula humane society & spca(courtesy of peninsula humane society) rocky balboa, a rescued injured boa constrictor that was found on the westbound shoulder of highway 92 near the crystal springs reservoir, is available for adoption. the snake had a broken jaw and was brought to phs/spca’s expert veterinary team for care.“on oct. 22, 2017 a member of the public spotted the injured snake on the side of the highway and called us for help,” said phs/spca’s communications manager buffy martin tarbox in a news release.  “the snake had a severely swollen and broken jaw, which without treatment, is a certain death sentence since she was unable to eat.”rocky balboa was treated with a makeshift splint to keep her jaw closed and stable with th






pet rescues of the week -- animals in need of a good home


pug rescuetater is a sweet and active 3-year-old boy. his previous foster family felt they couldn’t spend enough time with him and thought it was best to find him another home. tater’s foster home has been diligently working on his potty training and he is doing awesome. he has very unique eyes which makes him a handsome boy.courtesy of pug rescue tater is fine with other dogs and kids — he’s just an all around good boy. he is neutered, chipped, and up-to-date on all vaccines.he wants to be your tater-tot. if you are the new forever home he is looking for, visit www.pugpros.org for the adoption process and application.east bay spcaantonym, an 8-year-old male domestic shorthair, is the east bay spca’s pet of the week.antonym is a cat who does everything in a big way. he recently traveled fr






overweight dog sheds six stone


image copyrightscottish spcaimage caption tyko lost nearly six stones after being taken into care by the scottish spca an overweight dog has shed nearly six stone after its owner was told she was "killing it with kindness".tyko, a cross-breed corgi, was so fat he could only take a couple of steps before becoming breathless and slumping to the ground.the dog was taken into care by the scottish spca after the owner was prosecuted.tyko is now a healthy 12kg (2st). he was 49kg (8st) at his fattest - so has achieved a weight loss of 37kg (81lbs).the animal welfare charity is now looking for a new home for him.tyko's weight had ballooned to double his normal size due to over-feeding and a lack of exercise. his owner's neighbour tipped off the scottish spca.vets said they had never seen a dog so






overweight dog sheds six stone


image copyrightscottish spcaimage caption tyko lost nearly six stones after being taken into care by the scottish spca an overweight dog has shed nearly six stone after its owner was told she was "killing it with kindness".tyko, a cross-breed corgi, was so fat he could only take a couple of steps before becoming breathless and slumping to the ground.the dog was taken into care by the scottish spca after the owner was prosecuted.tyko is now a healthy 12kg (2st). he was 49kg (8st) at his fattest - so has achieved a weight loss of 37kg (81lbs).the animal welfare charity is now looking for a new home for him.tyko's weight had ballooned to double his normal size due to over-feeding and a lack of exercise. his owner's neighbour tipped off the scottish spca.vets said they had never seen a dog so






overweight dog sheds six stone


image copyrightscottish spcaimage caption tyko lost nearly six stones after being taken into care by the scottish spca an overweight dog has shed nearly six stone after its owner was told she was "killing it with kindness".tyko, a cross-breed corgi, was so fat he could only take a couple of steps before becoming breathless and slumping to the ground.the dog was taken into care by the scottish spca who put him on a strict diet with impressive results.tyko is now a healthy 12kg (2st). he was 49kg (8st) at his fattest - so has achieved a weight loss of 37kg (81lbs).the animal welfare charity is now looking for a new home for him.tyko's weight had ballooned to double his normal size due to over-feeding and a lack of exercise. his owner's neighbour tipped off the scottish spca.vets said they ha






overweight dog sheds six stone


image copyrightscottish spcaimage caption tyko lost nearly six stones after being taken into care by the scottish spca an overweight dog has shed nearly six stone after its owner was told she was "killing it with kindness".tyko, a cross-breed corgi, was so fat he could only take a couple of steps before becoming breathless and slumping to the ground.the dog was taken into care by the scottish spca who put him on a strict diet with impressive results.tyko is now a healthy 12kg (2st). he was 49kg (8st) at his fattest - so has achieved a weight loss of 37kg (81lbs).the animal welfare charity is now looking for a new home for him.tyko's weight had ballooned to double his normal size due to over-feeding and a lack of exercise. his owner's neighbour tipped off the scottish spca.vets said they ha






spca for monterey county rescues 26 neglected animals from pajaro


pajaro – the spca for monterey county says it rescued 26 neglected animals that were confined in their own feces and urine from a dangerously cluttered property in pajaro where animals were slaughtered and the meat sold to customers.the spca learned about the situation through an anonymous tip and finished the rescue wednesday. officials rescued 15 rabbits, four sheep, three lambs, three goats (two that are pregnant) and a chicken. the spca found one dead lamb and a severely emaciated lamb didn’t survive despite emergency veterinary care.“the conditions were horrific,” said beth brookhouser, a spokeswoman for the spca.the spca first went to the hudson landing road property with the monterey county health department after getting a tip on feb. 8. brookhouser said the rabbits, which were in






sini defeats perini in suffolk district attorney contest


suffolk county police commissioner timothy sini, a democrat, defeated republican ray perini to win the suffolk county district attorney race on wednesday, nov. 8, 2017. suffolk police commissioner timothy sini handily defeated republican ray perini in the race for suffolk district attorney on tuesday night, promising to restore integrity to the office.“together we have ushered in a new era of criminal justice in suffolk county, an era of integrity, fairness and doing the right thing,” sini told nearly 200 supporters at his campaign headquarters in hauppauge....






vet charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty, three months after college reinsta


a st. catharines veterinarian is charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty under the criminal code of canada relating to abuse at his clinic that occurred in 2013.the ontario spca and lincoln county humane society served dr. mahavir rekhi thursday morning at skyway animal hospital on welland avenue, spca insp. scott sylvia said.rekhi is scheduled to appear in a st. catharines courtroom on july 14. the case is now in the hands of the crown attorney.the criminal charges have yet to be proven in court.at noon thursday, rekhi’s office was locked and in darkness. the parking lot was empty except for a news van from a local television station. attempts to reach rekhi were not successful.a small group of protesters began gathering near the parking lot in the afternoon as word of the charges spread






vet charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty over 2013 abuse claims related to h


a st. catharines veterinarian is charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty under the criminal code of canada relating to abuse at his clinic that occurred in 2013.the ontario spca and lincoln county humane society served dr. mahavir rekhi thursday morning at skyway animal hospital on welland avenue, spca insp. scott sylvia said.rekhi is scheduled to appear in a st. catharines courtroom on july 14. the case is now in the hands of the crown attorney.the criminal charges have yet to be proven in court.at noon thursday, rekhi’s office was locked and in darkness. the parking lot was empty except for a news van from a local television station. attempts to reach rekhi were not successful.a small group of protesters began gathering near the parking lot in the afternoon as word of the charges spread






blackberry and nokia phones are coming back — with a twist


the 2017 smartphone cycle is about to kick off in earnest, and there are some familiar names fighting to come back into the fold.blackberry mobile announced this week that a new phone — complete with a physical keyboard and dubbed the "mercury" — will debut feb. 25 at the annual mobile world congress trade show. that follows hard on the heels of an announcement from nokia, which teased the chinese launch of its new nokia 6 phone ahead of a larger feb. 26 launch event.nokia? blackberry? what's next, the return of baby-g watches? it may all feel a bit 2002 seeing these phone brands come back into the spotlight, but here's the thing: these are not the phone brands that you think they are. both of the new smartphones are made by different companies as a result of complicated licensing agreemen