Hundreds attend event for Susie’s Fund in Guilford County

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SUMMERFIELD, N.C. -- Hundreds of people participated in a benefit Sunday in Summerfield to raise money for sick and injured animals.

The event raised money for the Guilford County Animal Shelter and Susie’s Fund, which seeks to help animals in need of medical care.

It was held throughout the day Sunday. Officials have not yet said how much money was raised.

Susie’s Fund was named after the dog that inspired Susie’s law, which made animal cruelty a low-level felony and allows judges to sentence offenders to jail in certain cases. It went into effect in 2010.

The law passed after a court sentenced a man in 2009 to probation for setting his girlfriend’s dog on fire.

North Carolina citizens became outraged and contacted their state representatives, urging for tougher penalties.

The dog was found with severe second and third-degree burns over most of her body in Greenfield Park in south Greensboro.

Her ears were burned off and she had a broken jaw and teeth.

The dog was taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter and eventually adopted by Donna and Roy Lawrence.