$2,375 raised for Cutie’s Fund in 2 days


The greater Toledo community has shown it’s willing to help the Lucas County dog warden save more dogs.

In just two days since kicking off fund-raising for Cutie’s Fund, an effort to help dogs that come into the pound with high-cost medical needs, $2,375 has been donated. It will help dogs like its namesake, a Chihuahua that came in during the middle of the night with a puppy stuck in its birth canal. The emergency-care bill was more than $1,400.

“We are thrilled at the support the community has showed us in just a few days,” Dog Warden Julie Lyle said. “And we are excited to be able to help the dogs who will come in with major medical issues that we wouldn’t have been able to help otherwise.”

The $2,375 in public donations will be matched by Block Communications Inc., which has pledged to match up to $5,000 in donations. The fund was seeded with a $5,000 donation from John Robinson Block, publisher and editor in chief of The Blade, and Allan Block, chairman of BCI.

By contributing to Cutie’s Fund, animal lovers can make a tax-deductible gift to help with emergency and life-saving care and for the hospitalization of sick, hurt, or mistreated dogs assisted by the dog warden.

Donations can be made in person or mailed to the Lucas County Dog Warden, 410 S. Erie St., Toledo, 43604, or online at tinyurl.com/CutiesFund. Checks should be made payable to Lucas County Dog Warden with “for Cutie’s Fund” specified on the memo line.

Blade animal welfare reporter Tanya Irwin adopted Cutie from the Lucas County Dog Warden’s Office via the department's regular adoption process.