After New Orleans’ Hurricane Katrina left over 600,000 pets killed or homeless, there has been a shift in evacuation and rescue efforts to include the furry members of our families. Here in Hudson Valley, the NY State Police Aviation Detachment is joining those efforts. During Hurricane Irene this small detachment run out of Newburgh’s Stewart Airport, saved 5 dogs that were rescued alongside their owners. They were however, faced with some tough decisions. Because they lacked the proper harnessing equipment for animals, they had to weigh their ability to rescue pets with the very real need to help people instead.
When Flannery Animal Hospital heard about the need for proper equipment, they agreed to donate harnessing so that in the event of future disasters, no such choices would have to be made. Dr. Frank Puccio, owner of Flannery Animal Hospital said “We have provided care for the K-9 officers for more than 20 years and have developed strong ties with the law enforcement community. We appreciate their efforts and are pleased to have an opportunity to assist in their protection of our community.” The donation of the harnesses will allow the detachment to conduct rescues year round and greatly expand their abilities as a unit. “By having the harnesses, it will enable the helicopters to broaden their ability to conduct rescues” stated NY State Trooper Ray Giganti. “This is a big thing for us.”
Flannery Animal Hospital, located at 789 Little Britain Road in New Windsor, has been caring for our community’s pets since 1959. Join them for their Kitty Karnival, Sunday October 23rd from 10am – 3pm. This fun and informative event will have activities for the whole family including food, educational booths, a doggie costume contest as well as crafts and games for the kids. NY State Trooper Ray Giganti will be on hand with one of NYSP’s helicopters. Children can view the helicopter up close and will be allowed to sit inside the cockpit.