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October 29, 2012

Sandhill Beagles Halloween carnival

TARBORO — Saturday’s windy, cloudy weather didn’t keep the SandHill Beagles from having their first Halloween carnival.

The carnival for the beagles rescue organization on the outskirts of Crisp offered up plenty of fun for youngsters, from a pumpkin carving and Halloween costume contest to hayrides, train rides and an inflatable slide and bounce house. Hot dogs, barbecue and Halloween candy were served.

Nineteen-month-old Abbigayle Andrews waved from the back of the train dressed as a cheetah while teenagers Manning Andrews and Tommy Hayes tried their hand at pumpkin carving.

“All the people who have come have had a great time,” said Ann Andrews, event coordinator. “I think I’ll maybe do this in the spring and then do it again in Halloween. Maybe the weather will hold out better for us.”

Andrews decided to host the carnival to raise money to treat six heartworm-positive dogs.

“It usually takes $300 to $500 to vet one of the dogs,” said Andrews. She started the SandHill Beagles rescue mission in 2006, when Gidget, the beagle she had rescued in 2001, died.

“At that time, it was something I wanted to do and I felt like she [Gidget] would’ve wanted me to do that,” said Andrews. “We rescue them [beagles] from a shelter right before they get ready to be put down. We do all shots, spay, neuter. Then we put them on Heartguard and put them on Pet Finder and adopt them out.”

One of her dogs, 6-year-old Molly, was an owner surrender out of Virginia. The still-pudgy beagle weighed 62 pounds at the time of her rescue, said Andrews.  

SandHill Beagles is a 501© 3 non-profit organization. The organization currently has 18 beagles up for adoption on Pet Finder. To view them, visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.shbeagle.com" www.shbeagle.com and click on the link on the right-hand side of the page.

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