‘Tails for Troops’ Helps Veterans

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SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP -- For the second year in a row, an organization in Lackawanna County is helping veterans find the canine companion they need.

Operation: Tails for Troops hoped to raise $5,000 during the event near Clarks Summit Sunday afternoon.

There was a puppy pageant and awards were given out to the most patriotic, and funniest dog costumes.

Newswatch 16's Bill Wadell was a judge for the puppy pageant, and said the event raised over $8,000 which is enough money to pair four veterans with dogs.

Veterans groups said all this helps the non-profit called Paws and Stripes, which in turn helps veterans.

"Most of the veterans are finding it so hard to cope with PTSD, and it's just great to see all the people that come out to support this," said Deedee Fatz of Friends of the Forgotten.

Local animal shelters also brought dogs that are up for adoption to the Abington Dog Park .