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Update: Sweet Retreat Raises $9K For Franco Fund

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Talk about a sweet surprise. Sweet Retreat in Edina said they raised a whopping $9,000 to help a badly abused pup, on the mend.

The bakery announced the final amount on its facebook page, thanking everyone who stopped by to help.

WCCO-TV reported the pocket pit bull Franco’s story earlier this week, after he was beaten by some teenagers in Blaine. Authorities said the teens “punted” Franco like a football.

Secondhand Hounds rescued the pup and gave him the necessary treatments to help him get back on his feet.

However, due to the overwhelming support of the community, they raised much more than needed. Secondhand Hounds said they will put the additional funds into a “Franco Fund” to keep for other animals who have suffered similar abuse.

“We are so fortunate to be able to create this fund,” the group said on its page. “There is not a better feeling in the world than saying yes, with no hesitation, for animals in need of help.”

Sweet Retreat at 50th and France sold special Franco cupcakes on Friday, giving proceeds to his vet bills. In its first hour, the shop sold 1,000 cupcakes.

But the shop’s connection to Franco may not end there.

“I did put in for an adoption application, so I’m hoping once he’s well enough he can come to my home and meet and greet my other animals,” said Robin Johnson, the owner of Sweet Retreat. “He would fit in and that would just be the fairytale ending to all of this.”

Secondhand Hounds said Franco is doing better each day.

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