Painting dog in West Chester raises money for charity

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio - Scout the dog from New Richmond is raising money for charity with his paws.

Angel's Rest Animal Sanctuary was founded in 2009 to provide a safe-haven for unwanted animals that would otherwise be on the street or euthanized.

"There wasn't a place where these animals could go that are so sick that we decided to open Angel's Rest," said Perla Medina-Kinne, founder of the sanctuary.

Scout was the first of nearly 200 animals rescued since 2009. Medina-Kinne said Scout came from a puppy mill where he wasn't fed very often. Now Scout eats constantly.

She took Scout's affinity for food and meshed it with painting. Scout has now become a painter and has created almost 100 paintings to help raise funds for the sanctuary.

"We do some fundraisers, but the bulk of our funding comes from out donors," Medina-Kinne said.

Scout's tongue-lashings start at $175 and come with a certificate of authenticity.

"Because it involves eating, his painting becomes very natural to him."

The animal's stay here will be short, but the profits from the paintings will keep the mission open longer.

All of Scout's artwork is named for food because of his appetite. You can help name the picture he painted today by going to our 9 On Your Side Facebook page.

9 On Your Side reporter Tony Mirones contributed to this report.

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