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Girl Scout Troop 715 members hold up their homemade dog treats. Pictured, from left, are Gaby Jones, 9, Abygayle Jones, 10, Helena Kinese, 11 and Nakira Wescott, 10. - photo by Lacy Garrison

The Girl Scouts in Troop 715 are hoping to help animals and earn their Bronze Award in the process, but they need the community’s help.

So far, the girls have baked 800 homemade bone and animal-shaped treats for dogs that they plan on selling outside of Walmart on May 11. The cost is $1 a bag. Each bag contains four bones – oatmeal, peanut butter, milk bone and baby food for dogs with no teeth.

The money raised will be donated to Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center. What’s more, the dog treats are kid-tested and somewhat approved.

“We tasted each flavor and although we find them disgusting, the dogs are going to love them,” said Girl Scout Nakira Wescott. “We’ve made a lot of them and we’re hoping to raise $500.”

When asked why they wanted to help Animal Control, the Girl Scout Troop described loving animals and even adopting pets from the shelter. They also explained they had recently learned the importance of spaying and neutering animals from Animal Control director Kim Pettrey.

“They always try and help spay and neuter other people’s animals and they do that even though they can’t really afford it,” said Girl Scout Helena Kinese. “We just want to help the animals.”