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Humane society theft turns into act of kindness


A crime at a local humane society has turned into an unexpected act of kindness.

Managers at the Lincoln County Humane Society reached out to the community, hoping to replace their stolen lawn mower and they got more help than they ever expected.

Leaders at the Lincoln County Humane Society said late last month their borrowed lawn mower disappeared.

"Our staff put it at the end of the day, in between the two sheds, and unfortunately someone just picked it up and took off with it," said Liz Friedenfels, Shelter Manager.

Friedenfels said the theft came at a time when there just wasn't enough money to buy a new one.

"It's amazing how much little things like that add up, especially for a shelter that's on a very small budget," said Friedenfels.

As the grass grew, so did the problems for animals outside.

"Our poor dogs when they're out during the day, just have a lot more mosquitoes and bugs to endure than they normally would," said Friedenfels.

After a week, the humane society got the call it was hoping for.

"They said 'oh well you know, we can probably help you', and she said, 'well you know, what amount are you thinking' and they said, 'well probably zero'," said Friedenfels.

"This is a community that really works together to help each other out," said Bob Nelson, Nelson's Powerhouse President.

Nelson heard about the stolen mower and knew he could help.

He owns Nelson's Powerhouse in Merrill and sells lawnmowers for a living.

"We just thought it was in the cards for us to donate a new one, so we surprised them with a new one and hopefully that will give them years of good service," said Nelson.

Unlike the lawn mower the Lincoln County Humane Society had before, this one is theirs to keep and managers said it will make a big difference.

The donation means more money for the animals.

"That's a lot of food for the kitties or the dogs that need help," said Friedenfels.

Humane society workers said they're still talking about this unexpected act of kindness.

"Even if something bad happens, there are just as many good people that are willing to make a difference," said Friedenfels.

Humane society leaders said they would've had to spend more than $200 on a new mower.

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