Libre the puppy inspires coalition to raise money for new Lancaster County shelter


LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – A group of rescue and animal welfare organizations have formed a coalition to raise money for a new non-profit animal shelter in Lancaster County.

Libre, a Boston terrier puppy, was found sick and emaciated on farm in Lancaster County in early July. He’s doing much better, and his story is inspiring the new shelter in the county.

“After the rally, we met a few more times and decided that we led this charge for change and because of that, we needed to offer a solution,” said Rebecca Saner, organizer with the Lancaster County Animal Coalition.

The Coalition’s solution is to begin raising money for a new shelter and compete with the Lancaster County SPCA. SPCA Executive Director Susan Martin did not return our calls for comment.

“Our intention is to reach out to all the municipalities in Lancaster County and request to take on to take on their stray dog control and hopefully even cats if we can get everything going in the direction that we want to,” said Ahn Priest, an organizer with the Lancaster County Animal Coalition.

“One of our main goals, main plans that we have for Lancaster County Animal Coalition would be to employ a full-time cruelty officer for dogs like Captain, who were found in such horrendous condition, to have a cruelty officer on our side going up to bat for him, would be an amazing thing.” said Laurie Yost, an organizer with the Lancaster County Animal Coalition and the founder of Pitties.Love.Peace.

Captain and his girlfriend Morgan were found abandoned and starving along a Lancaster County road on August 2nd. Captain has gained around 10 pounds since then.

The Coalition also wants to start educational and domestic violence programs. They need to raise $300,000 to make the shelter a reality and help all the Libres of Lancaster County.

“I think it’s a great idea. If his story can inspire others to help more animals, I think that’s phenomenal,” said Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue.

The Lancaster County Animal Coalition hopes to open up the new shelter in January. They’re currently looking for locations for it. The group has a You Caring page to raise money for the shelter.

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