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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog Needs YOUR Help!

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog is the mascot for WHO@-KTD (Working to Halt Online Abuse - Kids/Teen Division) and goes with me to schools to teach students how to stay safer online. We also volunteer at York Hospital every week to visit patients (she is a certified pet therapy dog). WHO@ is an all-volunteer organization - we help online victims for free.

She was featured on WGME on May 13, 2015 and later that week suddenly developed cataracts. She has to go in for cataract surgery on Monday, June 1, 2015. It's going to cost us $5,465.00 total.

I have started a GoFundMe Page to help raise money for the surgery and associated costs (blood work, medicine, etc). Even $1 would help. If you don't want to donate through that, you can send a payment to my Paypal account using netcrimes@netcrimes.net for the payment address or send a check or money order made out to Jayne Hitchcock, PO Box 782, York, ME 03909.

Some background on Phoebe - she used to be a sled dog in Canada for the first three years of her life. She was one of the lead dogs. They lived 24/7 outside in a chain link fenced in area chained to a big blue barrel. We think she was abused. When the couple who owned her team and two others divorced, three women from New Hampshire drove to Canada to rescue all three teams.

Only three from Phoebe's team, all named after the characters in the TV show, "Friends," were socialized enough to adopt out. My husband found Phoebe on Craigslist. My vet suggested I take her everywhere I could to socialize her more and I discovered she was not only extremely gentle, but patient. I got her certified as a pet therapy dog and the rest is history.

If you donate $100 or more, I will send you a signed copy of True Crime Online or Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 2nd edition (for you or for someone else - Father's Day is coming up and that would make a great gift).

If you can't donate, it would be wonderful if you could share this post.

Here are the bills in total - we have paid for everything except for the surgery so far. We have to pay that in full on June 1st, so we are borrowing the money (thank you to that person) to pay it that day. I will keep the fundraising page up as long as possible so that I can pay this person back as soon as possible.

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If we go over the amount needed, we will donate the remainder to the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk, Maine.

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