Susquehanna SPCA launches hotline to help at-risk farm animals

Another case of animal cruelty in Otsego County has the SPCA shifting their efforts to a new ‘Here to Help Hotline’.

Posted: Jan 26, 2021 5:40 PM
Updated: Jan 27, 2021 9:23 AM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- An animal cruelty tip led the Susquehanna SPCA to a property in Pittsfield, where a chicken, three rabbits, and a pony were found dehydrated and frozen to death. The good news is the SPCA was able to rescue a horse and two cats, but SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes says the way these cases are handled has to change.

"We can’t just keep going to these properties with dead animals and taking what’s left. Like we feel we have to do something," she said.

So the SPCA has created a ‘Here to Help Hotline’. It’s a completely confidential phone line dedicated solely for helping the animals. Owners can call as well as others concerned about the welfare of farm animals.

"I’m not an attorney. I’m not a District Attorney, and I’m not law enforcement. I’m going to let those experts handle that, and we’re going to handle taking care of the animals," said Haynes.

They’ve also dropped their surrender fees, which helps people make the financial decision to relinquish their animals a little easier. there’s been an increase in farm animals being abused, so the SPCA is working on a establishing a 'farm friend network'. A group of local farmers willing to help abused animals, even if it’s temporary.

"We won’t be calling people directly, you know begging for things, it’ll just be to inform people that we know are interested in helping, and if they’re in a position to help that day, great," Haynes added.

Anyone interested in becoming a farm friend can also call the ‘Here to Help Hotline’. That number is 607-547-8111 extension 108.

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