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Veterinarian donates $500 to Vest-A-Dog fund-raiser

July 17, 2002

Veterinarian Lem Halterman of Park Circle Animal Hospital donated $500 toward Vest-A-Dog recently.

Vest-A-Dog is a fund-raising effort started by Emily Bolton, a fifth-grader at Old Forge Elementary School.

The purpose of Vest-A-Dog is to purchase bulletproof vests for the police K-9s in Washington County. Each vest costs approximately $500.

Emily first thought of the idea after reading a similar story in the book "Chicken Soup for the Pre-Teen Soul."

Her initial goal was $5,000, which would vest the 10 police dogs in Washington County. Her new goal was $12,500, which would vest the 10 police dogs for the Maryland State Police throughout the State of Maryland. Emily has completed her fund-raising campaign, raising a total of $13,300. She has ordered the vests from the vendor and will present them to the police agencies when they arrive.

Along with participating in fund-raising activities, Emily plays baseball at Valley Little League, basketball at C.S.L. and takes piano lessons.

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Veterinarian clinics that allowed Emily to place donation containers at their businesses include Longmeadow Animal Hospital, Cumberland Valley Veterinary Clinic, Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital, Animal Health Clinic in Funkstown, Park Circle Animal Hospital and Smithsburg Veterinary Clinic.

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