Horse auction helps raise $25,000 for service dogs for veterans

(WBIR) An East Tennessee horse ranch is helping out some other four-legged friends who give new hope to wounded military veterans. LexLin Gypsy Ranch made a $25,000 donation Saturday to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, as part of a horse auction.

Owner Eric Barton said while most of the bidding took place online, several people joined the auction in person at the Rockwood ranch.

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The Smoky Mountain Service Dogs go through training and are paired with disabled veterans to help them with everyday tasks. Just last week, a Jefferson County veteran became the seventh injured veteran to receive a service dog through the organization.

On Saturday, the LexLin Gypsy Ranch also presented ten horses to therapy centers from across the country. The groups won the horses through fan voting on Facebook.


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