Firm makes shelter gift
The law firm that mistakenly awarded a Collinsville animal shelter nearly $200,000 before asking for it back confirmed this week that it won't let the group walk away completely empty-handed. Arizona-based Dana Law Firm accidentally distributed a $188,891 donation to the Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven in Collinsville, OK, instead of to the Warren Billhartz Animal Shelter in Collinsville, Ill. Attorney Trevor Whiting confirmed Friday that the estate planning firm will donate $12,000 to the Ward-Wiseman shelter, which its founder, Susan Babbitt, said has been near the brink of closure.
Anti-cruelty rally is set
A new group formed to combat animal cruelty in Oklahoma has organized a rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the south plaza of the state Capitol. Jenny Patten and Jimmie Kennard are heading Citizens Against Animal Cruelty, which is seeking stricter statutes and stiffer penalties regarding animal cruelty. Patten said they received permission to have animals on the Capitol property for the rally.
Guard airmen will return
The Oklahoma Air National Guard has announced about 50 airmen will return after a six month deployment to Afghanistan. The airmen are expected to arrive about 10 a.m. Saturday at Tulsa International Airport where they will be met by family and friends. The airmen are with the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron. The squadron completed projects in Afghanistan that were part of extending communications capabilities in the country.