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Defender takes lumps for assault victim

Shelter supporters hope story leads to more donations for new facility

Posted: October 18, 2012 3:50 p.m.
Updated: October 19, 2012 5:00 a.m.



Sometimes a great story can motivate others to help.

Nola Armstrong, who is helping the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter in promoting its fundraising efforts to build a new facility on Black River Road, was at the shelter recently when an emergency case came in.

“A hero dog had jumped in between a man who was beating a woman with a baseball bat to protect her,” Armstrong said. “He’s been named Defender (or “DefendHer”). Just a plain black dog with a great heart. (A) gray area on his head is where the vet had to shave him to tend the wounds he received in the attack. Luckily, a concerned neighbor witnessed the incident and brought Defender in to the shelter.”

Armstrong hopes Defender’s story will help people to think of the shelter and join in the fundraising campaign. Since kicking off two weeks ago, the Kershaw County Humane Society’s campaign has received $17,000 in donations. Columbia businessman Austin Meyer and his family are matching all donations toward the project up to $1 million. So, the $17,000 raised so far is actually $34,000.

“We’re off to a great start,” Elaine Gillespie, campaign and construction coordinator for what will become the Meyer-Thiel Adoption Center. “We’ve only just begun and already the Camden community has stepped up in a big way. We’re very excited about the future.”

The new shelter will be located in a former industrial building on Black River Road. The site was purchased for the Humane Society last year by long-time board president Judy Thiel. The funds raised will be used to renovate the building, creating a much larger, up-to-date facility for the more than 5,000 animals the shelter cares for each year. The Walter M. Crowe Shelter, which has served Kershaw County for more than 20 years, is outdated and bursting at the seams.

“A larger, more efficient shelter can care for more homeless and abused animals like Defender, a dog that was brought in who leapt to the defense of a woman being beaten by a man with a baseball bat and took quite a few blows as a result. This brave dog is now recovering at Walter Crowe and is looking for a forever home,” Gillespie said. “There are hundreds of deserving animals in our community who deserve a chance at a better life. The new Meyer-Thiel Adoption Center will give them that chance. And best of all, donations will automatically be doubled by the Meyers’ matching funds.”

As for Defender, Armstrong said he’s doing well.

“Defender is recovering and is just about ready for his new home. Someone is going to get a great dog,” she said.

To donate, visit and click on the Double the Love button on the home page. Or make checks out to Kershaw County Humane Society Building Escrow Account and mail to Kershaw County Humane Society, P.O. Box 428, Camden, SC 29021.



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