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Student-run dog shows raises money for local shelter

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ELGIN, Okla._Saturday, pet lovers and their furry friends enjoyed a student run dog show that was held to help animals in need of a home.

Honor Society students from Elgin High School put the event together to help raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption, as opposed to euthanizing.

Their town has a no kill animal shelter that's run by a local family.

They say at times it can be overrun with fifteen stray dogs and cats at a time.

And because the family is so devoted to helping animals in need they hoped to raise extra money to help for the care of the animals until they find their forever home.

It was a fun contest featuring the cutes, best dressed, most well-trained and even ugliest dogs in Elgin.

But the contest was duel-purposed, it was also held in hopes of avoiding a grim future many animals are faced with.

"It's much easier to find a dog a home than it is have to euthanize the dog," said Daniel Linthicum.

And that's why animal control officer Daniel Linthicum and his family say they can't turn animals away.

"I want to find every dog a home. Any dog that comes through the Elgin shelter...I want to get them a home," said Linthicum.

While these dogs, wagging tails and all, strutted their stuff Linthicum says they were working it for the less fortunate canines in the pin behind them.

"I average maybe four or five dogs a month. If someone has a dog that they can no longer take care of, they can't afford. If I have the room, I'll take that dog," said Linthicum.

National Honor Society president Zoe Cummins is a dog lover herself along with many of her classmates.

She says the idea to raise money for Linthicum and the shelter wasn't a hard one to reach.

"I personally have three dogs at home, two of them have a record of running away and Daniel rescues them and brings them back all the time. He does a great job with the dogs he takes to the shelter," said Cummins.

And it's help from people like Cummins and her friends that helps make Linthicum's job a little easier.

"I'll go home and there'll be bags of dog food on my porch," said Linthicum.

Cummins says she and other students hope to not only help their community but to also send a strong message to shelters that opt to end an animals life when their not adopted.

"These other shelters should look at their policy and realize that there are people out there that are willing to go and rescue these dogs, give them a life, so I think that's great that he's doing that for us," said Linthicum.

Daniel Linthicum says he believed it's only fair to put a dog down if it is terminally ill and in pain or if they have a history of violent behavior.

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