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People Taking Action: Local veterinarian surprised with award, $300 for donating medical supplies!

Posted at 5:26 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 17:26:46-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - With cameras rolling, News 3 is on the way to surprise Dr. Leslie Dragon. She's the owner's of Four Paws Mobile Veterinary Clinic, which unfortunately hasn't been too mobile lately due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We knocked on her doors and greeted a slightly bewildered Dr. Dragon, who was wondering why a News 3 camera on her front porch.

We let her know it was related to her visit earlier this month at Riverside Regional Medical Center, donating much-needed medical supplies to those on the front lines battling COVID-19. Supplies that she couldn't currently use while her business is in limbo.

She's giving back in time when her work vehicle is sitting idle in the driveway. How is she making out?

"I applied for a loan, so I'm waiting to hear back. The small business loan, so just hanging in there."

For all her efforts, we presented her with a News 3 People Taking Action award, along with a $300 gift card from our community partner, Southern Bank.

"Oh, thank you!" Dr. Dragon exclaimed. "That's so nice!"

Meanwhile, Dr. Dragon is hoping things will return to normal soon. We asked her how the pandemic has affected her business.

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"We pretty much can't do anything because our business is to go into people's homes to take care of their pets, which we can't do now," she sighed.

Even at a time when her business is impacted by something like this, Dr. Dragon chose to give.

"It was a no-brainer to me. I didn't need them, and the people in the hospitals really needed the masks," she explained. "To me, that was just the right thing to do."

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