Groups donate time, materials to help local non-profit

Published: Apr. 13, 2018 at 3:22 PM CDT
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After Custom Canines Service Dog Academy, a training center for service dogs, was vandalized by BB gun bullets last month, two local groups stepped up to help them repair the damage.

"We arrived here at the facility to find that our front window had been shattered by bb guns and it was very devastating," President of Custom Canines Service Dog Academy, Nicole Meadowcroft, said.

Custom Canines Service Dog Academy trains dogs to help people aid people with disabilities. They give those dogs away for little two no cost to those who need them.

That day they were giving away one of the service dogs she had trained to a veteran.

"Instead of our focus being on that veteran who was getting a dog to change his life, we had to focus on the police department and insurance companies and things like that," Meadowcroft said.

The glass company Martin Glass and the Glaziers Union of Wisconsin saw Meadowcroft's story on NBC15. They reached out and offered to donate the labor and materials to fix the broken windows.

"We saw the story on the news and this is the business we're in and they do such a good job here supporting the veterans and we felt that we had to step up and help where we can," Glaziers Union of Wisconsin member, Andy Buck, said.

"It's extremely humbling that organizations in our community will help and step up when tragedy happens," Meadowcroft said. "It doesn't seem like a lot to some people, a couple damaged windows, but for the companies to step up and donate it's very humbling. It's going to help us change more lives."

"Any time you can help somebody out it just fills you up and we're just glad to be here to lend a hand," Buck said.

There were two other reports of damage connected to the same BB gun incident. So far, there have been no arrests in the case.