An adorable black German shepherd puppy scheduled to be raffled off on the last day of a community fair happening in Cleveland County, North Carolina this weekend has been cancelled.
Tickets for the puppy raffle were to cost $1.00 each and included a dog house and a 10X10 kennel for the winner. On September 1, the raffle information for the puppy, appeared on the Facebook page of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. Within two days, outraged Facebook users posted more than 6,000 comments; almost all of them describing the raffle of a live animal to be inhumane and unethical. “ARE YOU KIDDING??? Why not raffle a small child?,” asked one especially indignant poster.
Obviously the event has been going on for the past 12 years as a fundraiser for police K-9s, however the backlash of angry animal lovers throughout the country, convinced the organization to cancel the controversial event. On the Facebook page of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, came the following announcement Friday afternoon:
“The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has cancelled the raffle for the German shepherd puppy that was going to be raffled at the Cleveland County Fair. Our original post did not state that in the past years we have required the person that won the drawing to be subjected to Cleveland County’s Animal Adoption Policy. Due to the overwhelming outcry we have teamed with a reputable 501.C3 animal rescue that has agreed to help in finding a suitable owner for this puppy. The animal rescue is also in discussion with Highland K-9 in Iredell County to provide training for the puppy. The Sheriff’s Office will be looking into other fundraising projects to help support our K-9 program. If you purchased tickets you will be contacted and your money will be refunded. If you would like to make a donation to our K-9 program you can contact Amy Miller @ Millerame@gmail.com. Amy Miller is also the contact for the animal rescue.”
Since the announcement just two hours ago, more than 400 new comments have appeared; most of them in appreciation of the cancelled raffle and offering to donate to the K-9 program. There’s always, however a few people who like to say, “I told you it was illegal,” and “how foolish it was of them to think they could get away with violating the law.” Still others, find it amazing puppy raffles could have gone on for years without any public sentiment, but then again social media continues to take on that protective persona for the protection of innocent animals whenever possible.
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