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Water Woes Return To Susquehanna SPCA
All Animals Safe, But Cleanup Could Take Days

Water Woes Return

To Susquehanna SPCA

The kennels and the isolation buildings were both flooded, a scene that met the staff of the Susquehanna SPCA this morning. 

By IAN AUSTIN  • Special to

Neil Maney. Phil Simmons Pump & Well Service, lowers a water pump into the flooded septic tanks of the SPCA alongside Kenny Palmatier, Walter Wyble and Phil Simmons. (Ian Austin/

COOPERSTOWN – Six cats and three dogs were rescued from the Susquehanna SPCA Isolation Building  and kennels this morning after overnight rains flooded the it with over 12 inches of water.

Executive Director Stacie Haynes was notified of the flooding around 6:30am by their landscaper Al Saltenberger. “I left as quickly as I could, but there was no cell phone coverage this morning and that delayed me being able to call in the staff until I reached the building,” said Haynes.

Before the rest of the staff arrived Haynes was joined by passerby Aaron Cleveland, a security officer at Bassett, who helped her move the frightened animals into dry and safe locations.  “Last time we flooded we took steps to have mitigation in place.” said Haynes, “We put in gravel, put in rip-rap, and more. We have had no problems and felt really good about the work we did until today.”

SSPCA Plans Pop-Up Cat Cafe To Mark National Adopt Month

SSPCA Plans Pop-Up Cat Cafe

To Mark National Adopt Month

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Features Coffee, Beginning tomorrow, the Susquehanna SPCA is planning a pop-up Cat Café from 10 a.m. to noon at the Shelter, 841 Route 28, in connection with national Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, featurings cats, coffee and croissants.  A $10 donation is suggested.

The Cat Cafés will be on each Saturday in June, as this is typically the time of year when shelters overflow with kittens.


Guest Conductor Competition


CABARET – 7:30 p.m. Featuring the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and entrants to the guest conductor competition, Les Grummons, Jeff Joyner, and Neal Miller. SUNY Oneonta Alumni Field House. Info,

KNITTING MAKERSPACE – 12:30-2 p.m. Experience and beginner knitters invited to share experience. Special guests from the library knitting club. Cooperstown Village Library. Info,

OPERA – 12:55 p.m. “La Traviata.” The Met streaming live in HD. Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Cost $18/seniors, $20/adults, 10/students. Season pass $200. Box Office: (607) 431-2080,

PLAY READING – 6:30 p.m. Reading of “Sunset Painting” by local playwright Greg Klein. Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info,

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