Otsego County dog seizure update

Hundreds of people have been contacting the Susquehanna Animal Shelter wanting to adopt one of the fifty three dogs seized earlier this week.

Posted: Oct 5, 2018 5:33 PM

Hundreds of people have been contacting the Susquehanna Animal Shelter wanting to adopt one of the fifty three dogs seized earlier this week. The animal shelter has been receiving so many calls and messages, they’re unable to keep up with responses.
Because adoptions are done on a first come first serve basis, the shelter is expecting there to be a line of people waiting to adopt on Tuesday.
While the shelter once had as many as fifty three dogs, two other animal shelters have taken on a number of the dogs to ease the burden in Cooperstown. In addition to that number being lowered, some of the dogs will be returned to the original owners.
While that may not seem like a good idea to many people, Stacie Haynes the Executive Director of the Susquehanna Animal Shelter explains why the reasoning makes sense.

"It spiraled out of control from 3 dogs to 53 dogs, but she really meant no harm, and so we are working with her to help her. We’re going to actually give her some dogs back that are spay and neutered because it’s kind of a situation where if we don’t, she could go out and buy dogs, and they’re not going to be spay and neutered, and then we’re going to be in the same position in one or two years."

The house the dogs came from has been condemned by the Milford Codes Department until the property is deemed safe for habitation. The dog owners were not charged with animal cruelty, and are working on bringing the property up to code.

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