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Has Richmond City Hall really gone to the dogs?

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Posted at 2:21 PM, Dec 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-10 14:21:39-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones sat at a conference room table at City Hall  across from a couple of pit bull negotiators.

“We joked during the [photo] shoot that the dogs were at City Hall to discuss the number of fire hydrants needed in the city,” Mayor Jones said.

Dwight Jones and dogs

The Richmond Department of Animal Care and Control’s 2015 calendar features Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones. (PHOTO: Rachel Day)

In reality, the dogs were at City Hall for a photo shoot for the Richmond Department of Animal Care and Control’s (RACC) 2015 calendar project. Calendar sales raise money for the RACC shelter to cover medical and surgery costs.

“Our calendar showcases great places and faces of Richmond, and we believe it will become a sought-after item,” Christie Chipps Peters, director of RACC, said in a statement. “While we are working to raise funds, we also hope the calendar will help generate more interest in adoptions.”

Each calendar costs $10 and can be purchased at RACC on Chamberlayne Avenue, any Richmond Police precinct, Carytown Bicycle Company or the City’s Department of Public Utilities at City Hall. You can also email Christie Chipps Peters to order one.

“I believe there is something for everyone in this calendar, and I’m proud of the effort RACC put forth to produce this,” Mayor Jones said. “I’m collecting a few that I will use as holiday gifts since being at a conference table with Pit Bulls is definitely a first for me.”

Recent VCU photography graduate Rachel Day created the calendar.