Ohio animal rehab center facing financial crunch

CASTALIA, Ohio (AP) — A nonprofit animal rehabilitation center in northern Ohio says it's in a financial bind.

The founder of Back to the Wild in Castalia (kas-TAYL'-yuh) near Sandusky is appealing for donations after losing an important supply of free food for its hawks and owls.

Mona Rutger says that it's the most serious financial situation they've faced in their 24 years.

She says that a laboratory in Michigan is closing and no longer will be able to give the animal rehab center a free supply of rodents for the animals.

She says they'll need $80,000 a year to make up for the loss.

Rutger vows that she won't allow the shortfall to force her to close the center that nurses wild animals back to health.

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