Supplies pile up for Gwinnett pet food donation drive

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Pet food donations bound for tornado-ravaged Oklahoma are piling up at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Officials say many victims in Moore, Okla., face the devastating decision to give up their pets because of a lack of food and shelter.

"What would I do with my dogs or cats? I'd be devastated if they didn't have some help as well," said Liz Dorsey, who donated food after several animal rescue groups put a call out on Facebook.

"In helping the dogs, you help the people," Dorsey said.

"We help them out and then they know there's somebody out there that cares about them," said donor Jay Williams.

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter said the shelter in the city of Moore is overflowing with displaced pets and their food supply is limited.

"The response has been absolutely unbelievable, as you can tell," said shelter director Chip Moore.

He said he never expected such a large turnout when the pet food drive began Friday.

"I know how quickly something like that can happen and it's so devastating. Didn't matter if it was in Moore, Okla., or if it was in Buford, Ga.," said Lt. Christina Schiralli of the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The officer arrived Monday with several bags of dog food to donate.

The donation drive runs through Tuesday at 4 p.m.

A Georgia-based company will load all the donated food onto a tractor-trailer on Wednesday and drive it straight through to Moore.