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150 riders raise nearly $30,000 for Charles Town pet center

April 17, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - More than 150 riders joined to participate in the seventh annual Pedal for Pooches bike tour that benefitted the Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC) on April 12.

Through sponsors, participation fees and rider pledges, nearly $30,000 was raised and pledges are still coming in. This was the largest ridership in its history and the amount raised is almost double that of last year.

A large portion of money raised was through pledges made to riders. One of these riders was Jim Taylor, president of The National Humane Education Society, the parent organization of the BAAC, who received more than $12,000 in pledges.

Beyond the money raised, what makes Taylor's ride noteworthy is that he rode the 30-mile event with one leg. His left leg was amputated above the knee 31 years ago.

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On the right leg, he had one surgery on his thigh and two surgeries to his knee, which will need an additional surgery in the future.

"The reality is that this bike ride will be physically difficult for me - because I only pedal with one leg," Taylor said in a news release. "But my physical difficulty pales in comparison to the painful suffering that thousands upon thousands of homeless cats and dogs experience on a daily basis in our country."

For more information on the Briggs Animal Adoption Center, visit www.baacs.org.

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