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12-year-old holds Dog Walk and raises money for local animal control center

12-year-old holds Dog Walk and raises money for local animal control center. (WICS)

In your community, a twelve-year-old is making a big impact.

Emma Wiker put together her third annual dog walk in Athens Saturday.

Dozens were there, enjoying raffles, food, silent auctions, and door prizes.

All proceeds are heading to Menard County animal control to build an outdoor fence for the animals.

Young Emma said it's never too early to start making a difference.

"I saw a picture of a hurt dog on Facebook,” Emma said. “Her name was Katelyn, her snout was duck taped closed. It was really, really bad, and I thought I should do something about this, so here we are."

Emma said this is the biggest event yet and expects it to keep growing.

Some monetary food donations are also heading to the Lions Club's Literacy Program.

The dog walk's goal is $5,000.

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