UPDATE: 1500 pounds of animal food raised in Oak Hill

UPDATE: OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Oak Hill raises nearly 1500 pounds of dog and cat food during the holidays.

Oak Hill Cheif Mike Whisman says the community came together to help local animal shelters with nearly 1500 pounds of dog and cat food and supplies.

The fundraiser was a great help to the Fayette County Animal Shelter. This was the first year that the police department has done anything like this and are planning on making this an annual event during the holidays.

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – As Christmas approaches don’t fur-get the four-legged friends this holiday season.

The Oak Hill Police Department is hosting a drop-off location to support Fayette County Animal Shelter.

You can drop off animal food outside of the police station or outside in the Grant Supermarket Carts during business hours until the end of December, including blankets, collars, toys, dog food (no corn, wheat, dairy or soy please) and treats.

Chief Mike Whisman of Oak Hill says it’s one way of saying thank you in a need of crisis.

“This time of the year, they get a big influence on animals coming to the shelter.  A lot of people are concerned, they see dogs and cats out in the neighborhood, they call us, then in return we call an Animal Control Officer.  They will come up and over to assist, check it out, and if need be, take them to shelter to make sure they are safe and warm,” said Chief Whisman

Chief Whisman says this is one way of giving back to the shelter.

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