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Connecticut toy company donates first proceeds of Puppy Doe figurines

Herobuilders, a Connecticut-based toy manufacturer, presented the Quincy Animal Shelter with a check for the first quarter earnings of Puppy Doe figurines it has sold. Puppy Doe, a young female pit bull mix, moved the nation when she was discovered near death in Quincy, Mass. She had been brutally tortured.

The first check from sales of the Puppy Doe figurine donated to the Quincy Animal Shelter.
courtesy Sandra Lee
Nancy Harris and Sandra Lee holding a donation check from Puppy Doe figurines proceeds.
courtesy Sandra Lee

On May 10, 2014, during its Kitten Shower and Open House, the newly named beneficiary received a nice surprise from Sandra Lee, true crime writer, and Nancy Harris, animal rights advocate, on behalf of Emil Vicale, Founder and President of Herobuilders: a check for $377.37.

“I am happy that I am able to help and commit to giving such a large portion of the net profit to the cause,” said Vicale.

Each Puppy Doe figurine is handmade in the U.S.A. This limited-edition commemorative figurine is cast in resin, hand-painted, signed and numbered, and sells for $29.95. Ten percent of the gross sales will be donated to the Quincy Animal Shelter. The original beneficiaries could not accept the donation due to the ongoing investigation and subsequent court case.

Though the creation of the Puppy Doe figurines caused controversy, dividing many Puppy Doe supporters, Vicale only wanted to raise awareness about animal abuse and help others remember Puppy Doe in a more positive light.

If you would like to purchase a Puppy Doe figurine, please visit Only 2,000 figurines will be made.

The Quincy Animal Shelter is a non-profit, 501(c)3, no-kill shelter that takes in abused, unwanted and surrendered animals. The QAS has placed more than 5,000 cats and dogs into forever homes.

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