- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa animal shelter committed to not killing the dogs and cats in its care is raising money by raffling off a gun.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports (https://bit.ly/1jc6QAa ) that the Heartland Humane Society in Ottumwa is raffling off a Colt M4 carbine rifle in an effort to raise $10,000.

Ottumwa resident Geri Fogle says the rifle makes her think of violence and killing - which goes counter to the mission of the no-kill shelter.

Shelter volunteer Belinda Smith Cicarella says she understands people questioning why the shelter would choose a rifle to raffle. But she says it’s a means to an end, which is to help care for homeless animals.

Smith Cicarella says the winner must register the weapon with the sheriff’s department.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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