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Maggie And Molly Bring Joy To Woodside Residents

Maggie And Molly Bring Joy

To Woodside Residents

Kitty Brudzienski, a resident at Woodside Hall, cuddles up to Maggie, a help dog in training owned by Sheila Ross. Maggie, along with fellow shih tzu Molly, are brought weekly to the home where they visit with residents. “I have been bringing my dogs here for three years.” said Ross, “They really bring joy to these people.” (Ian Austin/

Meet Adoptable Cats & Dogs


ADOPTION DAY – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come meet some adorable cats, kittens, & dogs, learn about volunteer & adoption opportunities. Bassett Hall Auditorium, 31 Beaver St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8111 or visit

FILM SCREENING – 6 – 8 p.m. Showing of “Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age,” introduced by filmaker & pediatrician Delaney Ruston, M.D. who will moderate a thoughtful and considerate discussion following. Belden Auditorium, Oneonta Senior High School, 130 East St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8200 or visit




Help ‘Rehome’ Them, Director Pleads

Here are two of the pigs seized by deputies early today and now being house at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. (Photos courtesy SAS)
A rescued donkey’s hoof was deformed by lack of care.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – The Susquehanna Animal Shelter assisted county sheriff’s deputies early this morning in an animal cruelty investigation, and now is helping “re-home” more than 90 farm animals, shelter Director Stacie Haynes reported a few minutes ago.

The shelter on Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary also took over the housing and caring of eight dogs and one cat.

If you are interested in rescuing a farm animal, please call the shelter up until 7 p.m. today at 547-8111.

Canines & Kisses At Southside Mall

Canines & Kisses

At Southside Mall

Oneonta’s Jaelyn Privitera, and sisters Gracie and Gianna look on as their brother Benny Privitera, gets a smooch from Reggie at the kissing booth put on by Super Heroes In Ripped Jeans at the Southside Mall this afternoon. For fifty cents you can get your picture taken with your doggy love until 4 p.m. today. All proceeds go toward the Super Heroes In Ripped Jeans animal rescue agency. (Ian Austin/


Ruff Ride

Ruff Ride

K-9 Units Training Over Cooperstown

If you’ve noticed an unusual amount of air traffic over Cooperstown today, you have been witnessing the training of NY State’s newest K-9 units! 14 dogs and their handlers, including Atiba Celestine and dog Raya, above, were on site at the helipad across from the Clark Sports Center this morning. to acclimate their dogs to being in and around helicopters. After each dog and handler were securely placed in the helicopter they flown around at different heights to get the dog used to flight. After this, the dogs and handlers will be released into the field to finish the final nine weeks of their schooling. (Ian Austin/
Animal Shelter Floods, All Animals Safe

Animal Shelter Floods,

All Animals Safe

Gaylord Dillingham, Susquehanna Animal Shelter Board President watches as Executive Director Stacie Haynes pouring water out of a cat carrier after Saturday night’s rains left their isolation building flooded. While there were some wet paws, all animals were safe and were relocated to dry rooms while the building is cleaned up. A large stock of blankets and dog food were lost, and the shelter is currently seeking donations. (Ian Austin/



Fido Fest At Winter Carnival


DOG COMPETITION – 10:30 a.m. Check out the Fido Fest Dog show where dogs and their owners compete for titles in categories like best trick, waggiest tail, and best mirror image. Part of the Winter Carnival Festivities. Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info,

WINTERFEST – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Stay warm and have fun with outdoor activities like sledding, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing,campfires and more. Cost, free. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Road, Laurens. Info,

CABIN FEVER FILM SERIES – 6:30 p.m. “The Jungle Book” (1967). Refreshments available with proceeds benefiting Susquehanna animal Shelter. Clark Sports Center, 124 Cty. Hwy. 52, Cooperstown. Info,

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