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Animal Shelter Welcomes Dogs From Illegal Shelter

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 2/8/24 | 2/8/24




By Elizabeth Barr

HOWES CAVE — The seven dogs that were taken in by the  Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley arrived with no record of vetting.  Shelter veterinarian, Dr Hadsell, has performed wellness exams on them.  He also gave them vaccinations, dewormed them, and did 4DX testing.  4DX testing measures 4 markers, Lyme disease antibodies, heartworm antigen, Anaplasma antibodies, and Ehrlichia.  Each of these diseases creates havoc in the animal's body.  Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitos, and Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis are tick-borne diseases. The cost of retesting the dogs for heartworm disease is over $700.and there may be additional testing if the heartworm status changes in the next 3-6 months.

Empawthy transported dogs from Southern states, which often have higher rates of heartworm.  Unfortunately, Mango, the cutest little dog, tested positive for heartworm.  Mango is now undergoing lengthy treatment to get her ready for adoption.  The treatment will cost over $2000. The non-profit Animal Shelter is working diligently to get these animals in top health. 

We are hoping the public reaches out to us at

Checks can be mailed directly to Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley PO Box 40, Howes Cave, NY  12092.

For more information on Heartworm Disease and how to prevent it, please go to

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