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Scam targets animal lovers in Jackson County

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Scammers are using homeless dogs and cats to scam people in one eastern Iowa community.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department said they've received reports of individuals receiving calls from an individual stating that the Jackson County Humane Society is in danger of closing and they are in need of donations to keep it open.

"That's just not true," said Cora Sutton, manager of the Humane Society.

Sutton said she was made aware of the scam through a friend.

"She didn't give anything though. She quick called me right away and told me what was going on," said Sutton.

Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said this scam in unique in the fact that the calls are coming from a toll free number with the last four digits of the phone number being the same as the humane society. They also say it's rare to have someone portray a non-profit organization in a scam.

Sutton said the Humane Society doesn't actively ask for donations, but she admits that every little bit helps.

"People like that disgust me because the only thing that they are doing is hurting the animals," said Sutton.

Sutton said if you would like to donate to the Humane Society you can contact them directly at 563-652-5360 or mail a donation to P.O. box 1112 Maquoketa, Iowa 52060.

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