Tundra Spirits Siberian Husky Rescue visits
The Little  Angel's Day Care

Animal educators visit pre-school
By: Mark Repasky

With several recent animal abuse cases in the
Mohawk Valley, one Amsterdam rescue
organization is trying to stop animal cruelty. And
they're using a familiar face in a fuzzy red suit to do
it. Our Mark Repasky explains.

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Santa didn't arrive to Littlest
Angels Pre-School by eight reindeer Wednesday,
but by a Husky driven sleigh, pulled by Harmony
and Ony. That's because this year, Santa's trip was
more than a holiday delivery. It was a lesson about
animal abuse.

"Our primary goal at Siberian Husky Rescue is to
do education, to go into schools and catch the
abuse before it starts," said Ron McEckron of
Tundra Spirits Siberian Husky Rescue.

McEckron rescues and rehabilitates huskies from
across Upstate New York.

Harmony is a Saratoga native. Ony was rescued
from a dog fighting ring near Buffalo. They're just
two of the close to 50 dogs that McEckron receives
every year. And his operation isn't alone.

Shawn Cebula said his company Beyond Human
Inc. fielded more than 400 phone calls this summer
for unusual pet rescues.

"I just think it's just a matter of people don't know
what to do when it gets too big to handle," Cebula

He said he's seen everything from snakes to prairie
dogs in people's homes.

His advice -- if you're looking for a special present
for the person who has everything, stay away from
exotic animals.

"They get too big. [This snake] eats like a horse.
She'll easily eat $100 worth of food in one sitting,"
he said.

If you already have a pet that's too much to handle,
Cebula said you should find a rescue operation like
his or contact the local SPCA.
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