Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 19, 2014

Going to the dogs

Humane Society raises funds

By Brenda L. Holmes brenda.holmes@flyergroup.com
Hendricks County Flyer

---- — DANVILLE — Dog lovers from throughout Central Indiana visited Danville this weekend to participate in the annual Dogtona event.

The event is a fundraiser for the Hendricks County Humane Society and is held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds and Conference Complex. It offers activities for dogs and their human counterparts.

Kathryn Hostetter is a member of the Hendricks County Humane Society and has recently become the publicity chair for the organization.

“We’re having a great time today,” she said. “We’ve had all kinds of dogs — from the small dachshunds to the great Pyrenees. We’ve also got all kinds of things for pets like baked treats.”

The event attracted about 45 vendors from the area offering everything from information to nail trimming.

There were also several games and activities for the four-legged visitors. They could walk on a balanced beam or run through a doggy tunnel. And treats were around just about every corner.

Stacy Dotson of Lucky Pups Rescue in Brazil said her organization had returned to Dogtona for the second year.

“They do a lot of publicity for this event and everyone is so nice,” Dotson said. “We have dogs available for adoption today and some puppies that are not quite ready yet. We’re also selling T-shirts and candles to raise money.”

All pets adopted through Lucky Pups Rescue are presented to their new families after being immunized, micro chipped, and spayed or neutered.

“The dogs we have today were part of a puppy mill,” Dotson said. “Many of them had never been outside. They were even afraid of grass.”

Also attending the event was Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kyle Schaefer who trained to work with a K-9 unit. He’s heading up a fundraising drive so the department can purchase a new animal.

K-9 officers can track lost children, find people who have wandered off, work with the community, provide protection for their human partners, detect drugs, and provide a visible deterrent to those contemplating criminal behavior.

The department is trying to raise $15,000. Cost for a dual purpose patrol dog and handler training is $8,500. The vehicle kennel equipment, uniform, housing for the animal, and other miscellaneous items are $6,500.

Those in the community who would like to make a tax deductible contribution for a new K-9 unit may do so by sending a check to the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department, 925 E. Main St., P.O. Box 87, Danville, IN 46122.

For more information, visit the department’s website at www.hcsheriff.org or contact Schaefer, K-9 fundraiser coordinator, by calling 745-6269 or e-mailing to kschaefer@co.hendricks.in.us.