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Abused donkey in Campbell Hall rescued by Hudson Valley SPCA Humane Law, State Police and Pets Alive

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  • Abused donkey in Campbell Hall rescued by Hudson Valley SPCA Humane Law, the state police and Pets Alive
  • 5/11/2020
  • Album ID: 2261140
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

One horse dead, another starving in Goshen's black dirt 5/3/2020

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  • Pets Alive rescues an emaciated horse on the edge of death. Cailan, an emaciated horse Pets Alive rescued over the weekend.
  • 5/3/2020
  • Album ID: 2260198
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

Warwick Valley Humane Society cold weather rules - Warwick,NY - 1/21/20

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  • Until recently it’s been a mild January but now there’s been a blast of cold air, low temperatures and some high winds. Winter is here and the Warwick Valley Humane Society has some recommendations and rules for pets in cold weather. “First of all, “ explained Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society, “ it is not only illegal to leave a dog outside in wintertime conditions without appropriate shelter, as detailed in New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law, but it is common sense and neglect, which falls under the Cruelty to Animals statute. And it is a violation to fail to provide proper outdoor housing for any dog left outside for an indeterminate amount of time. If not corrected within 72 hours, another violation can be issued and/or the dog seized by court order.” Barron also pointed out that although in summer, cars become ovens causing heat stroke, in winter they become freezers causing hypothermia. She added that although not specifically stated, if you own an animal other than a dog, neglect can be proven for insufficient housing as well. Farm animals and horses, for example, also deserve humane treatment so providing a structure to allow the animals relief from the snow, wind and rain is the right thing to do. Allowing farm animals to stand in mud to their ankles for days is detrimental to their health and causes great concern to those who witness this on a repeat basis. “Cats also fall through the cracks in the law that demands that dogs have a dry insulated dog house, off the ground and large enough for the animal to easily turn around,” said Barron, “But despite having fur, all animals need protection from freezing temperatures. The wild animals find shelter. But domestic animals have to rely on their caregivers, who, unfortunately, don't always do the humane thing. And all these animals can get frostbite.” She also reported that people who have been feeding outdoor cats often call the shelter at this time of year because they feel bad that it's so cold outside. “However they can provide shelter for those cats,” she said, “by buying a small insulated doghouse or making an insulated one. These outdoor cats are not going to adjust to being inside in a small cage. And feeding them is not enough. If you feel bad, do something about it.” Barron also explained that rabbits in outdoor hutches need protection from below freezing temperatures. Their water may turn to ice and they need plenty of hay to keep warm in the inside portion of the hutch, which should also be insulated. Goats and other domestic animals as well should have some form of shelter to get out of the wind and rain and snow. Pet owners, she added, should also clean the pet’s paws of salt exposure after being outside on the street and use a pet safe salt substitute at home. And pets can also slip and injure themselves on ice patches. Anyone who sees a domestic animal without proper shelter or unfrozen water should contact the Warwick Valley Humane Society at 986-2473 or on its confidential cruelty line at 987-7336.
  • 1/21/2020
  • Album ID: 2253652
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Pet and family photos with Santa -

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  • Once again a large number of pet owners lined up at the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s Animal Shelter on Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, November 24. It was the annual “Pet photos with Santa,” event and professional photographer Kimberly Standish was on hand to take photos of pets sitting on Santa’s lap. Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society and Vice President Celia Ross served as “Santa’s helpers,” by doing whatever it takes to make each pet pose for the camera. Proceeds will be used to benefit the homeless pets at the shelter.
  • 11/24/2019
  • Album ID: 2250076
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Blessing of Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi - Warwick,NY -

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  • On Saturday, October 5, a group of owners with their cats and dogs, arrived at the Church of St. Stephen, the First Martyr, for the annual “Blessing of Animals.” This event is held each year in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the 12th century patron saint of animals and the environment. A host of stories that surround his life deal with his love for all creatures. The Feast Day of St. Francis is October 4 and many Christian churches throughout the Country, both Catholic and Protestant, conduct animal blessings on or about that day each year. St. Stephen’s Pastor, Rev. Jack Arlotta, assisted by Parochial Vicar Rev. Reynor Santiage, began the ceremony with a prayer and a reading from the Book of Genesis and then blessed each animal individually. He also brought a bag of treats for each dog. This year was somewhat unusual in the fact that the pets were just the usual variety of cats and dogs. It is not uncommon for children and adults, in addition to cats and dogs, to bring all kinds of pets, large and small. And in the past that has included horses, hamsters, fish, turtles, chickens, rabbits, alpacas and even an Australian Bearded Dragon lizard. Father Arlotta has even recalled that a tarantella and a can of worms were among the most unusual pets brought to him in previous years.
  • 10/7/2019
  • Album ID: 2246661
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Apples and goats stolen from Pennings Orchard - Warwick,NY - 9/7/19

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  • Monica Pennings, who along with her husband, Jack, owns Pennings Orchard on Route 94 South, immediately issued a warning to all the other apple orchards in the local area. On Saturday, September 7, she and members of her staff uncovered some people, a group of men and women, stealing bushels of apples. The apple picking procedure, as in other orchards, is for visitors to pick up empty bags at the entrance and then pay for each bag of apples picked on the way out. Each car is charged $30 for a 1/2-bushel bag, which is approximately 22 pounds. “We understand that many people, especially those with children, will sample an apple or two while they are picking but obviously these were professional thieves,” said Pennings. “They brought extra bags and just kept refilling them and hiding the apples in a hidden storage trunk area that’s now a feature of some cars. And they could also use their own bags to stow the apples near the road and then retrieve them after they leave.” She assumes their intent was to steal hundreds of dollars worth of apples from orchards and then resell them. As an added attraction apple pickers and their families are invited to visit the dairy barn, the farm animals, kiddie maze and play area. And children especially enjoy the family's pet goats To make matters worse on that Saturday, the same apple thieves, even after they were caught red handed, asked Pennings if they could buy two of her goats for meat. She told them they were not for sale and that same evening, two, out of the 12 pet goats in the pen, were stolen. “They were our only males, which usually means they were probably stolen for meat,” said Pennings. “and we will never see them again.” Anyone with information about the missing goats is asked to call Warwick police at 986-3423. Pennings Orchard is open September and October, seven days each week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about Penning’s Orchard and the apples available for picking call 986-7080 or visit
  • 10/1/2019
  • Album ID: 2246240
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Homing Pigeon stops over at Becker's farm

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  • Homing Pigeon stops over at Becker's farm
  • 8/22/2019
  • Album ID: 2243492
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

The Tracking Skills of Nutmeg

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  • The K-9 demonstration that was to highlight the bi-monthly meeting of the Sussex County Sheriff's Senior Citizens on Monday had to be put on hold. Nutmeg, the newly certified bloodhound, was she was needed on a case about an hour prior to the scheduled demonstration. While the audience waited in the Emergency Operations Center, Sheriff Mike Strada, Detective Chris Grogan, and Security Guard Ken Armstrong conducted a Question and Answer session.
  • 5/9/2019
  • Album ID: 2236443
  • Photos by Laurie Gordon

Warwick Humane Society rescues guinea pigs, roosters and pet mice - Warwick,NY - 5/4/19

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  • It's not just dogs, cats and rabbits at the Warwick Animal Shelter. The Warwick Valley Humane Society rescues a variety of birds and animals. All are given a fighting chance and most survive. The shelter is currently housing three guinea pigs, five roosters and 17 pet mice. "We had three pens erected to house domestic fowl on a just in case basis,” said Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society. “Since then, they have been fully occupied. Like the saying goes, ‘If you build it, they will come." She added that one of those pens was used to house a large pot belly pig. . Three pens may not have been enough last fall when the Humane Society was called upon to rescue four abandoned roosters in the parking lot of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge in Pine Island. The shelter had to quickly improvise housing by using dog pens. Early this spring Animal Control Officer (ACO) Kathleen Mosca also rescued an abandoned rooster in the Goosepond Mountain State Park. And due to his size, he was named "Puff Daddy." The shelter also took over the care and feeding of 17 male mice. “These little guys are pets, not feeder mice,” said Barron ”They make a good starter pet for young children without need of handling. And they are fun to watch.” Besides responding to car accidents, house fires, injured or sick cats and dogs running loose, Animal Control Officers also respond to wildlife emergencies. ACO Nicole Moellman, for example, recently rescued a possum entangled in barbed wire. After contacting Missy Runyan, a New York State licensed wildlife rehabilitator, for directions by telephone, Barron, Moellman and other staff members were able to remove all of the barbed wire without further injury to the possum. Barron explained that the staff at the Warwick Valley Humane Society never knows what challenges each day brings, but is always up to the task of helping animals in need despite constant overcrowding and difficult working conditions. "We are extremely spatially challenged and hope that we will meet our goal to rebuild the shelter within a years time with the support of our community", she said.” Tax deductible donations to the Capital Campaign or to the Wildlife Fund, whichever you designate, can be sent to Warwick Valley Humane Society PO Box 61, Warwick, NY 10990. For additional information call 986-2473 or visit:
  • 5/8/2019
  • Album ID: 2236280
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Benni, Matthew and Danny

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  • Benni, Matthew and Danny
  • 4/21/2019
  • Album ID: 2234585
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris
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