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Donations Pour Into Cortland SPCA Following Chemical Incident, More Supplies Needed

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Life is returning to normal at the Cortland SPCA Shelter today after a chemical contamination issue yesterday sent employees and volunteers to the hospital and forced the shelters evacuation.

Animals have been moved back into the shelter after spending a good portion of Monday in cages outdoors.

SPCA hazmatWorkers at the shelter mixed bleach, lime and another chemical that created toxic fumes. 8 people were taken to the hospital for difficulty breathing.

Veterinarians from the Cornell vet school were brought in to evaluate the animals and there were no reports of deaths or injuries.

Because of concerns that the chemical may have contaminated bedding, food, and other shelter supplies, those items had to be thrown out leaving the shelter in dire need of pet supplies, especially food.

After the call was put out yesterday, donations began pouring into the Cortlandville Fire station.

Donations are still being accepted there as well at the Tractor Supply Store on Route 13, Country Max, the McLean Fire Station and the Tompkins County SPCA shelter.

To help encourage donations, a local business owner, who has asked to remain anonymous, is willing to make matching cash donations to the shelter. Anyone who purchases supplies for the shelter is asked to submit their receipts to be matched.

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