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City staff member recognized for act of kindness 

Mary Baron paid vet bills for transient’s injured dog

Mary Baron thanked for service to community.

Mary Baron thanked for service to community.

–At the Paso Robles City Council meeting on June 21, Emergency Services Administrative Assistant Mary Baron was recognized for her kindness and generosity. Baron assisted a female transient by taking her injured dog to the vet and paid for the animals x-rays and surgery out of her own pocket.

The woman, who had been living in the neighborhood for a few months, sleeping at a nearby church, approached Baron and asked her if she could arrange for a vet to see her dog. Baron determined the animal had been struck by a vehicle and was injured, and the stranger was seemingly unable to contact or afford care for her companion. Baron understood the dire situation the woman was facing, called her vet for an immediate appointment, and authorized payment for x-rays and surgery out of her own pocket. Baron later received word from the vet that the dog was out of surgery and was doing fine.

Baron was recognized by the city for unselfishly placing this woman’s needs before her own. Her genuine compassion and generosity towards the community, especially those in need, is the ultimate example of human kindness.

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