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Sent to the doghouse – but it’s all for a good cause...

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FOR many, being in the doghouse is something to be avoided at all costs.

However, for 12 Islanders that is exactly how they spent their Friday as part of a JSPCA fundraising campaign.

The contestants – including Deputy Steve Luce (pictured) – were locked up in JSPCA kennels for several hours – being allowed out for walks and given the occasional treat if they had been on their best behaviour.

JSPCA chief executive Kevin Keen said the event had raised more than £22,000, with Mick Jeacock of the Jersey Financial Services Commission being ‘Top Dog’ by raising almost £7,000.

The event also featured a special training class from FX Fitness.

Mr Keen said: ‘The day has gone incredibly well – it is a bit of fun but with a serious point to it.

‘We were trying to come up with something a bit different to raise some money and [JSPCA media manager] Babs Keywood came up with the idea of locking a few suits in a kennel for the day.’

Last year, the JSPCA came under severe financial strain and was months away from closure but Mr Keen reassured Islanders that the charity was now stable.

‘It is an expensive charity to run,’ he said. ‘We are past our crisis but there is still plenty of work to do.

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‘We are hoping that events like this will also raise some awareness for the charity as well as some money.

‘The one thing I would hope is that Islanders can make a regular donation – that would be the ideal for us.

‘Even if every pet owner could find £5 a month that would give us the stability of cash flow we need.’

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