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Fundraiser nets $700, much-needed supplies for struggling Virginia animal shelter

Posted at 4:21 PM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 00:01:29-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A fundraiser to benefit the animals at the shelter in Petersburg raised $700 along with much-needed supplies this weekend.

Marlow Jones, the Deputy State Fire Marshal and the former Petersburg assistant fire marshal, organized the Saturday benefit for the Petersburg Animal Shelter.

Petersburg Animal Care and Control Chief Warden Debbie Broughton previously told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil the shelter is tight on space and on a tight budget.

"We have a very small budget to do a whole lot of things with," Broughton said. "And we're working hard to get all those bases covered."

As a result, Dr. Kim Eaton, who owns Disputanta Animal Hospital in Prince George County, started a campaign to help the animals at the city shelter.

"We're trying to start some fundraising for them so that they can work with getting preventative things done," Eaton said.

Jones said he raised the money by selling fish, ribs and BBQ via his OG RIBS and BBQ food truck.

In addition to the money raised, which was donated to the Disputanta Animal Hospital, Jones said people dropped off items, including dog and cat food, pet pillows and beds, leashes collars and more.

"Special thanks to all that came out and ALL that assisted in the fundraiser," Jones said.

Donations can still be dropped off at the Petersburg Animal Care and Control shelter at 1600 Johnson Road.

Officials noted monetary donations must be made at Disputanta Animal Hospital, which is located at 8401 County Drive.

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