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Susquehanna SPCA Raises $95K In Staffworks ‘Save-a-Life’ Campaign

Susquehanna SPCA

Raises Over $95K In

‘Save A Life’ Campaign

Staffworks founder Anita Vitullo, left, presents Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, with a check for more than $95,000 at the end of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign. With Haynes are Becca Daley, SSPCA communications coordinator and Alicia Dicks, director of the Community Foundation.

COOPERSTOWN – Raising more than $75,000 in donations as part of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter was one of the top performers of the fund drive, receiving an additional $10,000 towards their capital project on top of the $10,000 in matching funding for a total of $95,949.

Stacie Haynes Latest ‘Citizen’ To Win Everyone’s Appreciation

Editorial for December 28, 2018

Stacie Haynes
Latest ‘Citizen’ To Win
Everyone’s Appreciation

In early 2015, when the credentials of Hometown Oneonta/The Freeman’s Journal “20 Under 40” honorees were published in this newspaper, Stacie Haynes – one of the 20 – called to say how impressed she was by everyone’s accomplishments.
“I’m not worthy,” she said.

The Freeman’s Journal file photo – When streets needed cleaning during the record Cal Ripken Jr. induction, Citizen of 2007 Carol B. Waller got to work.

It was explained to her that an independent panel of community leaders from Oneonta and Cooperstown had convened, reviewed nominations from the public, and chosen the 20 as among the most promising young people in Otsego County.
The newspaper’s editors hadn’t made the selection and, under the guidelines, had no standing to add or remove anyone.
This year, though, Stacie Haynes, now executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, more than proved the “20 Under 40” judges’ confidence.

SPCA’s Stacie Haynes Is Citizen Of The Year

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SPCA’s Stacie Haynes

Is Citizen Of The Year

Stacie Haynes has loved dogs since, as a little girl, granddad Art Shaver introduced her to Misty. Today, she has her dream job, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, as it embarks on a $2 million fundraising drive for a new shelter. If anyone can help it happen, Stacie can. Read the story of her inspiring life in this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands around Otsego County this afternoon.
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Arrest Made in Pig Abuse Case

Arrest Made In

Pig-Neglect Case

With a container of dry corn, Alicia Neilsen seeks to lure one of the four rescued pigs into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter on Monday.  Neilsen, a volunteer at Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin, is assisted by SAS volunteer Cat Chicorelli, left.. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Jared Talbot

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested and charged with torturing animals after Otsego County sheriff’s deputies rescued his four emaciated pigs Monday from an un-insulated shed on Fisk Road in Laurens.

Jared J. Talbot, 21, was arrested today following a civilian complaint that led deputies to his property, where four pigs were found living without food or water and in an improper shelter.

4 Pigs Found In Shed On Morris Dirt Road

SHELTER TEAM TO THE RESCUE

4 Pigs Found In Shed

On Morris Dirt Road

With crushed apples, two of four pigs rescued this afternoon are tempted out of a trailer into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter by Director Stacie Hayes and Alex McMillan, of the Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin. The pigs were rescued after the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department notified the shelter that the emaciated animals were being kept in a shed without food or water, covered in mud and feces. The animals will be kept at the shelter for the time being, until a pig rescue organization can pick them up. (Libby Cudmore & Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Rescued Lhasa Apsos Up For Adoption Tuesday

26 Rescued Lhasa Apsos

Up For Adoption Tuesday

Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, gives a kiss to Penny, one of the 53 Lhasa Apso puppies surrendered from a hoarding situation in Milford last Tuesday.  Twenty-six of the dogs will be available for adoption starting tomorrow at noon.  The shelter has received “hundreds” of calls from people seeking to adopt the little dogs; depending on the number of qualified potential owners who show up tomorrow, the Shelter may conduct a raffle, the director said. With limited space at the shelter, the other dogs were taken to shelters in Delhi, Sidney and Broome County to be placed for adoption there. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SHELTER RESCUE 52 LHASA APSOS, SETTING RECORD

Milford Women Gives Up Dogs

SHELTER RESCUES

52 LHASA APSOS,

SETTING RECORD

Volunteers Betty Steele, Hartwick, left, and Arlene Nygren, Goodyear Lake, top photo, discuss how to handle a cage full of Lhasa Apsos, among 52 surrendered this morning by a Milford resident.  The dogs arrived shortly after 11 a.m. at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary, where they are being processed, and will then be washed and given shots.  At right, Bob Wood of Oneonta carries one of the dogs to the examination tabled, where Vet Tech Sara Haddad of Bainbridge was checking them out and registering them.  Shelter Executive Director Stacie Haynes said this is the largest single rescue in the shelter’s history.   The dogs, some inbred, were not abused, but were being treated for fleas, skin problems, “cherry eyes” and other ailments.   Since the animals were given up voluntarily, Haynes said she doesn’t expect any charges will be filed.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Kittens Left At Fox Hospital Making Full Recovery

Kittens Left At Fox Hospital

Making Full Recovery

The Susquehanna Animal Shelter received an unexpected gift yesterday when 19 kittens, ranging in age from three weeks old to three days old, were found in a bathroom in A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta. According to Susquehanna Animal Shelter Executive Director Stacie Haynes, the kittens were found in a plastic bag in a hospital bathroom. Susquehanna Animal Shelter employee Becca Daly has taken over the task of caring for the five youngest kittens, who are believed to be only a few days old. Out of the 19 kittens found at the hospital, 14 have been placed in foster homes to be cared for, while the five youngest, who have yet to even open their eyes, are staying at the shelter to be looked after. A three year old cat at the shelter, Filamena, has thankfully begun nursing the kittens, which is a positive step in the right direction. Daly explained that the kittens would remain in the shelter for at least another eight weeks before they would be available for adoption. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Stacie Haynes Executive Director Of Susquehanna Animal Shelter

Stacie Haynes Executive Director

Of Susquehanna Animal Shelter

Stacie Hayes gets to know one of her new charges today as she assumed responsibilities as executive director of the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, Hartwick Seminary. With her are, from right, Gaylord Dillingham, Springfield, new chairman of the SAS board, and board members Bill Elsey, Springfield, and Kathy Clarkson, Oneonta. Stacie previously ran the CROP program at ONC BOCES, and her community activities include organizing the annual Cider Run 5K at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, to benefit the Alzheimer's Foundation. She replaces Liz Mackie. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Stacie Haynes gets to know one of her new charges today as she assumed responsibilities as executive director of the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, Hartwick Seminary. With her are, from right, Gaylord Dillingham, Springfield, new chairman of the SAS board, and board members Bill Elsey, Springfield, and Kathy Clarkson, Oneonta. Stacie previously ran the CROP program at ONC BOCES, and her community activities include organizing the annual Cider Run 5K at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation. She replaces Liz Mackie. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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