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Polk Sheriffs Office raises 1,175 pounds of food in first pet food drive

The Polk County Sheriffs Offices first ever pet food drive raised 1,175 pounds of dog and cat food.&bsp; The food will be distributed out to nonprofit organizations such as Po Kitties and households in the County.

The program was started by PCSO Animal Control Officer Michael Herman who approached Sheriff Donald Hill with a request to assist households that he had come in contact with in the daily routine of his job.

The poor economy and rising costs of living during the winter months puts a strain on many households and nonprofit organizations.

The true reality, says Animal Control Officer Herman, is that you have husbands and wives who due to a passing of a spouse live alone, their children do not live nearby, they are on a fixed income, and the most precious thing to them is a household pet which is their companion night and day. The thought of having to choose between their needs (financially) and their pets needs can be devastating thats what this food drive is all about.

Says Sheriff Hill, If we can help offset such a situation we have accomplished our goal.

For more information on the pet food drive contact Animal Control Officer Michael Herman or Sheriff Donald Hill at 828-894-3001.