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July 13, 2013

SPCA to gather volunteers after floods

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — Volunteers will be meeting Tuesday to assess what can be done to prevent future flooding at the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal, Executive Director Liz Mackey said. She said she was hopeful that the public will continue to make monetary donations to help with the work as well as the boarding and veterinary bills that resulted from June 28 flooding.

Any dogs or cats that are adopted during this time will also help the organization get its feet back on the ground, she said. 

The flooding forced the agency to evacuate the isolation building behind its main building. Five kittens died when there was more than 1½ feet of water in the building that housed nine dogs and up to 24 cats. 

Kennel manager Tania Puglia said “we are blessed with a community that has been very supportive.” The day of the flood, people were stopping to help with the cleanup and to foster animals “until we can get back on our feet,” she said. 

“We’ve recovered as far as we can,” Mackey said.  

The group that’s coming Tuesday will be seeking to determine what can prevent this from happening again. Once there is a plan, we will need donations, she said. The shelter is caring for 33 cats at the site and an additional 27 being fostered or boarded elsewhere. In addition, there are 16 dogs at the site, with seven at other locations. 

“Right now we are at overcapacity,” she said. If the isolation building that is used for sick and other animals was available, “we would be fine,” she said. But until a solution can be determined, any repair work is delayed.  

Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can write to the SSPCA at 4841 State Route 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326. The phone number is 547-8111. Information about the organizations can be found online at www.susquehannaspca.org.