A Killeen police officer collected and donated more than 900 pounds of cat and dog food and other supplies to the city’s animal shelter Wednesday afternoon.

Tanya Lawson, a patrol officer with the Killeen Police Department, pulled into the parking lot of the shelter with a pickup truck filled with donations, which she collected over the course of a month from friends, family and local police and firefighters.

Lawson said she collected 623 pounds of dog food and 300 pounds of cat food for the shelter’s animals. She also donated blankets, food containers and bleach, which the shelter uses to clean.

“I’ve volunteered here, and I’ve adopted pets from here,” Lawson said. “I wanted to give something back.”

Killeen police Commander Lee Caufield, who is currently serving as the interim supervisor for Animal Control, said the donations were welcome and would help the more than 100 pets currently at the shelter. They consume from 100 to 200 pounds of food each day.

“It really warms my heart to see an officer doing something like this,” said Caufield, a 38-year veteran of the department. “When an officer does something like this, it reflects well on us all.”

Caufield said the food donation allows the shelter to use the funds it receives from the city on important resources such as vaccinations.

Caufield was appointed in October to supervise Animal Control after its previous supervisor, Stacie Sherva, was placed on administrative leave while the department conducts an internal investigation.

During the two months since he was asked to step in, Caufield said the shelter has undergone several changes, including the implementation of new cleaning practices and adding attendants to care for the animals.

Caufield said the shelter plans to revamp and expand its volunteer program.

“Our volunteers are important,” he said. “Interacting with people will help socialize the animals and make them better pets.”

Lawson said one reason she collected the donations was to raise awareness about pet adoption. Lawson said she adopted four of her pets from the shelter.

“It’s something that is very close to my heart,” she said.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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