Just arrived from a Beirut rescue, Beethoven affectionately licks foster dad Ian Laschell’s face as he and wife Wendy prepare to take their new pet home to Oneonta from the Susquehanna SPCA shelter in Hartwick Seminary. The Laschells had rescued seven dogs from Hurricane Katrina; the last died last year. SSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes and Licensed Vet Tech Sara Haddad, and the 13 dogs they rescued were picked up by shelter volunteers in three vans at JFK Airport in New York City Tuesday, arriving back at the shelter shortly before 9:30 pm. As a half-dozen foster families waited, the dogs were checked, fed, walked and held in cages until they could be processed. Haynes and Haddad’s final adventure, a collaboration with Animals Lebanon, came in Qatar en route home, when they were separated from the animals and confined briefly while authorities checked the canines’ papers.

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