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Donations help replace stolen generators at Currituck Animal Shelter

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Posted at 7:45 PM, Jun 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-13 06:38:17-04

Currituck County, N.C. - The community came together to take action for dozens of cats and dogs in danger after thieves targeted the Currituck County Animal Shelter.

The shelter received two brand new generators and $5,000 in donations all within less than 24 hours.

After NewsChannel 3 heard about thieves stealing the Currituck County Animal Shelter's emergency generators, we took action and reported and received thousands of dollars in results.

WCMS 94.5 saw our story and also took action by teaming up with Lowe's to get the shelter new generators and raised nearly $1,000 from their listeners

“I'd like to thank the TV station for tipping us off on this. Quite honestly we didn't have a clue until I saw it last night. Thanks to you for giving us the opportunity to do this and give our listeners the opportunity to put this together and make it all a success,” says Ed Histed  of WCMS 94.5.

In addition to the thousands of dollars in donations and new generators several, NewsChannel 3 viewers and WCMS listeners donated food and supplies.

All afternoon, the shelter took down donations by phone and from people who just walked in and handed them money.

“Without the generosity we have had from the community for getting the new generators we would not have the air to breathe that we will now have when a hurricane comes through and we can't open doors and windows,” says Ginger Sikes with the Currituck County Animal Shelter.

The thieves robbed the shelter at the worst possible time right as they were preparing to raise money to build a new shelter with a fundraiser this weekend at Currituck High School.

But now, they can breathe easy.

“I think you could use this as a prime example that you could use for years to come. I can't imagine any quicker response and more generous response than we've had since you ran your piece at 6 last night,” says Sikes.

Click here to read our previous coverage on this story.