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Susquehanna Animal Shelter

SSPCA’s PETS Team Rescues Cat ‘Birdie’, Speared Through Eye


Rescues Cat ‘Birdie’,

Speared Through Eye

Staffer Showed How Trained Personnel
Can Respond In Emergency, Director Says
Recuperating “Birdie” purrs for its benefactor, PETS team member Allison Hungerford.

MARYLAND – Birdie the cat, stuck to a bird feeder with a wire piercing its eye, was rescued June 13 by the county’s new animal cruelty task force, PETS (Prevention, Education, Training and Systems), the SSPCA announced today.

It was feared the cat would have to be put down but, with care and treatment at the Hartwick Seminary shelter, it now seems Birdie will be fine.

“We are proud to work with first responders who care about animals, and on this day that was certainly the case,” said Stacie Haynes, SSPCA executive director.

Two Pigs Seized From Pittsfield Farm

Neglected Pigs Seized

From Pittsfield Farm

Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA, feeds the two five month old pigs seized last night from a farm in Pittsfield. According to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., a neighbor heard noises coming from a barn on County Highway 18 in Pittsfield and, upon inspection, found two dead pigs. Further inspection located the two living pigs without food, hay or water, and the neighbors reported it to the Sheriff’s Department. The investigation into animal cruelty is ongoing. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO,com)
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.


‘Cat Tails & Cocktails’ Fundraiser


FUNDRAISER – 6 – 10 p.m. Celebrate end of 2018 with Superheroes in Ripped Jean at ‘Cat tails & Cocktails’ event. Semi formal wear encourage, award presented to best dressed. Tickets, $30 found at Underground Attic, Peter Clarks Student Rentals, My Father’s Place. Covers admission, 2 drinks, hors d’oeuvres, raffle ticket. My Father’s Place, 5690 St. Hwy. 7, Oneonta. 607-441-3227 or visit

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