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Candlelight vigil for Safe Haven dogs draws tears

By Dan Cook | Nov 22, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook A candle was lit for each of the 19 dogs put down at Safe Haven last week as the no-kill shelter closed its doors. Nearly 100 people attended the event honoring the canines.

Nearly 100 people attended a candlelight vigil in memory of 19 dogs put down at Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary just before the facility closed its doors.

Rescue advocate Karli Swope thanked the crowd Nov. 20 at DJ's Pet Depot on Route 1 in Lewes and led the group in readings to remember the canines. Tears flowed as she read the anonymous poem "Just a Dog." The crowd then recited the Rainbow Bridge, a poem to soothe grieving dog lovers.

Rescue advocate Karli Swope lights the 19 candles honoring dogs euthanized at Safe Haven. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Terri Ferrell, founder of Josie's Place Cat Rescue, which rescued 81 cats from Safe Haven, speaks at the vigil. Listening are (l-r) Karli Swope, Jon Crenshaw and Cindy Woods. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Old and young alike attended the event to honor the dogs. Shown are (l-r) Chase Riley,10, Dominick Crenshaw,8, and Bethany Riley, 8. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Rescue advocate Karli Swope reads "Not just a dog." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kim Nuttall is emotional during the candlelight vigil. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Former Safe Haven director Cindy Woods speaks about the love that the dogs gave to each person that knew them. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
D.J.'s Pet Depot co-owner Debbie Toumey blows out a candle honoring one of the 19 dogs. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
James Botti brought his Safe Haven rescue Harper, rescued by Botti in February. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Amy Griffith blows out a candle for Grayson, one of the 19 dogs killed at Safe Haven. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Swayze Rogers, 2, of Milton shows the candle she carried honoring the 19 canines. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Nearly 100 people attended the candle light vigil honoring the 19 dogs put down at Safe Haven. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Many of the volunteers from Safe Haven attended the emotional event. Former employee Jamie Werner rescued Chase and went back on the 14th for Jazzy but was too late to save the loveable dog. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Karyl Butry blows out a candle honoring "Fletcher." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Angie Damon blows out a candle honoring one of the Safe Haven 19. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Candles honoring the Safe Haven 19 burned brightly at the vigil at the Pet Depot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Bethany Riley,8, silently reads the poem Rainbow Bridge with her mother Patty. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Nearly 100 people honored the 19 dogs at the candle light vigil. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
"These dogs will not be forgotten," was the feeling of the crowd gathered to honor the Safe Haven 19. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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