Animals: Spitz Memorial

When his favorite dog, Snowball, died in 1929, George H. Slappey of Fort Valley, Ga. summoned his friends from far & wide for the Spitz's funeral. Four years later, still grieving, he sat down and wrote a will setting aside the residue of his estate after bequests to relatives for a "Snowball Dog Hospital'' in Macon. Friends tried to persuade him to make it a children's hospital instead, but Dog-lover Slappey said: ''There's always someone who will take care of children. Nobody takes care of sick and injured dogs unless they're special...

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