Fundraiser for Franco a sweet success

6:49 AM, Mar 30, 2013   |    comments
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EDINA, Minn. -- It's always a wonder, what people will wait for. If you were in the area of 50th and France on Friday, you would have seen a whole lot of people waiting.

Waiting in line for cupcakes, outside of Sweet Retreat.

"My staff has been here since 2:30 this morning," owner Robin Johnson said.

But they weren't waiting for any cupcakes, they wanted the special cupcakes, made to make money for a pit bull named Franco. "I saw the story on KARE 11 and it just pulled at my heartstrings," Johnson said of the story of a dog that was abused and then rescued and is now getting the medical help he needed to get well.

When Johnson saw the story of Franco, the one and a half year old pit bull that was rescued last week in Blaine after being abused, she decided the profits from all of her cupcake sales Friday would go to foot Franco's medical bills.

She thought she'd sell a few hundred.

By mid-afternoon, more than five thousand had been baked and sold with no end of the line in sight.

"I just think it is awesome that we can support our k-9," Karen Warrings said, after waiting in line for an hour and a half for her cupcakes.

Everyone who waited knew why. There wasn't a complaint in the bunch.

People came from all over; a couple of ladies drove 150 miles one way from Mabel, Minnesota just to help Franco. "We firmly believe that it takes a whole city to take care of one dog that has been injured," Tricia Sand said.

It was just that kind of line. That in the end was worth waiting for. Because the end promised a treat iced with a little hope for Franco.

"This is exactly why I do what I do and any rescuer does it, the bad stuff comes with ten times the good," SecondHand Hounds rescuer Emily Randolph said.

Franco will stay with SecondHand Hounds for a few more weeks recovering from her ailments. She will then be placed for adoption.

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