‘Mutts in Need’ raises a bundle for shelter

  • Stars of the show included a group of mastiffs that were rescued by the Animal Rescue League and rehabilitated by the shelter and showcased during the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Stars of the show included a group of mastiffs that were rescued by the Animal Rescue League and rehabilitated by the shelter and showcased during the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Stars of the show included a group of mastiffs that were rescued by the Animal Rescue League and rehabilitated by the shelter and showcased during the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Rehabilitated dogs were showcased during the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Attendees peruse raffle items during the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Friends of the Regional Dog Shelter host the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Stars of the show included a group of mastiffs that were rescued by the Animal Rescue League and rehabilitated by the shelter and showcased during the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Rehabilitated dogs were showcased during the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Attendees of the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Leslee Colucci speaks during the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Stars of the show included a group of mastiffs that were rescued by the Animal Rescue League and rehabilitated by the shelter and showcased during the 7th Annual Mutts in Need fundraising event for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter on Saturday afternoon at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 8/12/2019 1:00:32 AM

MONTAGUE — This time next year, dogs that have been mistreated, neglected or forgotten will have received the veterinary care they need — thanks to this annual fundraiser that sees people and their pups dine together in Millers Falls for an evening. 

And, hopefully, some of those treated dogs will get adopted and take their own seat at the table at “Mutts in Need.”

Saturday was the seventh annual “Mutts in Need” event, hosted by the Friends of the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter. A full day of entertainment — including slide shows, K-9 demonstrations, a magician and raffles — along with food brought and prepared by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, drew hundreds of people and canines alike to the Millers Falls Rod & Gun Club to raise money for sheltered animals. 

According to organizer Leslee Colucci, about 200 people attended the event. Each person paid $30 for admission, bringing in about $6,000 — not including more money that was raised through donations, raffles and auctions. All proceeds go to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter. 

“It’s our largest fundraiser of the year, and all the money comes back to the shelter,” Colucci said. 

Colucci said this year’s event was particularly successful, with bad weather having kept crowd numbers relatively low in previous years. 

“Of course, we have our die-hards that come back every year,” Colucci said. “This will help pay for all of our vet care for the year.”

Guests were treated to music and a slide show of dogs adopted from the shelter. K-9 Officer Lieutenant Scott Waldron also gave a demonstration with his canine partner.

A star attraction this year, Colucci said, was a showcase about the recovery of a group of mastiffs which were rescued by the Animal Rescue League and taken to the shelter. The shelter ended up keeping seven of the 21 dogs, which have been rehabilitated and — for many of them — adopted.

According to the shelter’s Office Manager Gabby Trudeau, the mastiffs were rescued from a “heartbreaking” scenario.

“They were a hoarding case,” Trudeau said. “They were probably the most damaged, shut-down dogs we had ever seen — physically, socially and emotionally.”

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter provides care to more than 200 dogs per year from local municipalities, including dogs that have been beaten or starved and kept in poor conditions. According to Colucci, the dogs coming to the shelter frequently need medical attention, which the event pays for. 

The vision of Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan, the shelter became a reality in 2012, when the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a $20,000 grant to refurbish an old storage building and made it a shelter. Since then, Mutts in Need has been held each year to sustain the shelter. 

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268. 




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