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Syracuse Chiefs help raise $1,600
10/16/2012 1:53 PM ET
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For the fifth consecutive year Spay and Neuter Syracuse (SANS) has received a hefty check from Beaver Lake Animal Hospital, with help from the Syracuse Chiefs relief pitchers.

On Tue Oct. 16, at Alliance Bank Stadium, Dr. Sandra Fitzpatrick of Beaver Lake Animal Hospital presented a $1,600 check to Spay and Neuter Syracuse (SANS).

Prior to the 2008 season, Dr. Fitzpatrick approached the Syracuse Chiefs with an idea to raise money to help stop the pet overpopulation problem in the area, and to raise awareness that it does exists.

Dr. Fitzpatrick pledged to donate $10 for every strikeout of the visiting team recorded by a Syracuse Chiefs relief pitcher at Alliance Bank Stadium that season, and the club has continued the program every year since. The Chiefs bullpen tallied 160 home strikeouts during the 2012 campaign.

"It is my pleasure to have teamed with the Syracuse Chiefs relief pitchers again this season to help strike out the overpopulation of pets," said Dr. Fitzpatrick. "I'm very appreciative of the opportunity that the Syracuse Chiefs have provided to raise awareness for SANS and this very important topic."

"The Syracuse Chiefs commend both Dr. Fitzpatrick and SANS for their efforts to make a positive impact on our community," said Chiefs general manager, John Simone. "We are very pleased that this program has continued for five seasons and we look forward to being a part of it for many years to come."

Monies raised will go directly to Spay and Neuter Syracuse (SANS), a low cost spay and neuter clinic located in Syracuse, and the only one of its kind in Onondaga County. The clinic has spayed and neutered more than 10,000 animals since its inception November 2005.

SANS is a volunteer-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the pet overpopulation problem by spaying and neutering unowned cats and dogs, and animals belonging to persons of low income. To donate to Spay and Neuter Syracuse, please call (315)422-7970. Visit their website at www.spayandneutersyracuse.com online.

Beaver Lake Animal Hospital, a full-service animal hospital, is located in Baldwinsville, N.Y. They can be reached by phone at (315)635-6241 or at www.beaverlakeanimalhospital.net on the web.