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Animal sanctuary owner struggles to stay open after tornado

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Bill Funk is a retired Marine, who runs an animal shelter and sanctuary at his home. Bill Funk is a retired Marine, who runs an animal shelter and sanctuary at his home.
When a tornado struck in April, the shelter and sanctuary were completely destroyed. When a tornado struck in April, the shelter and sanctuary were completely destroyed.
Now, Funk is struggling to rebuild and in the meantime, he is having trouble staying open. Now, Funk is struggling to rebuild and in the meantime, he is having trouble staying open.
FAYETTE COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A man who transformed his property into an animal sanctuary lost all of it when an EF-1 tornado swept through rural Fayette County in April. Now, six months later, he is struggling to rebuild and get back on his feet.

Bill Funk is a retired Marine, who runs an animal shelter and sanctuary at his home. More than 20 years ago, Funk and his wife began rescuing animals.

Funk's nine acre property was converted into an animal sanctuary that housed 109 dogs and two horses.

When a tornado struck in April, the shelter and sanctuary were completely destroyed.

Now, Funk is struggling to rebuild and in the meantime, he is having trouble staying open.

"We're pretty much up to our neck in debt," he said.

Since the tornado, Funk has been scrapping together materials to rebuild dog shelters. He says insurance has already paid for repairs covered under his policy.

"Insurance don't pay for any of the dog fencing, dog houses, or any of the perimeter fencing on the property," he said.

An animal rescue group from Wisconsin drove to Fayette County this week to help Funk. This is their third trip since the tornado touched down.

"He definitely needs help from local people who would be willing to donate or willing to come out and help with chores to alleviate some of the stress on him," said Wisconsin animal rescuer Caryn Buege.

Funk says he spends about $1,000 each month on dog food. Right now, he is feeding 109 dogs.

The Wisconsin rescuers hope Funk's Mid-South neighbors will step forward and help him out.

"He will go without eating to ensure he feeds his animals and that these animals have what they need and deserve," Buege said about Funk.

If you would like to donate to help Bill Funk keep his animal sanctuary open, click here: http://www.gofundme.com/54gdlg <-- This link will take you to a website designated to helping Bill Funk's latest rescue, Rosey.

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