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Young animal lover plans carnival to boost local shelter

With the images of conditions at a local puppy mill busted here last month still vivid, young animal lover Keileigh Cartledge is planning a carnival to raise money for the animal shelter fund. Over 40 dogs were rescued from horrid conditions at the puppy mill but private shelters had to take in the dogs because the local shelter is small, out of date and it is not a no-kill facility. Voters have approved $250,000 in SPLOST funds for a new shelter to be located on Roberta Drive but the project will be the last funded via the one percent local sales tax. The animal shelter committee has been raising supplemental funds and now Keileigh, 12, wants to help. She is a member of, a registered 501c3 charity that helps young people with such undertakings. Keileigh’s Carnival for a Cause is set for Saturday, May 11 at Summers Field Park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with all proceeds going to the shelter fund. She plans to have pony rides, popcorn, cotton candy, ring toss, bowling, etc. and hopes to attract 100 people. Admission is $5 and includes a slice of pizza and a drink. Volunteers are needed as are folks who can provide ponies, a popcorn machine and a cotton candy maker. Plates, cups, plastic tableware and other items are also needed. You can go to and find Keileigh’s carnival under the events tab and donate there. For more information, contact Shannon Cartledge at 404-246-5917.

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