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Local veterinarian competing in triathlon to raise funds for animals around globe

ATHENS, Ala. -  Athens veterinarian, Dr. Jim Lovell is on a mission to swim, bike and run his way to help animals in devastated areas of the world.

"World Vets is a veterinarian aid organization that provides veterinarian aid to developing countries and disaster relief in areas stricken with natural disasters," said Dr. Lovell.

When Dr. Lovell traveled to Nicaragua with the organization, he saw the need for sometimes forgotten victims-- the animals.

Dr. Lovell was so impressed seeing the organization's work firsthand, he now plans to raise money for the organization by doing something else he loves; competing in a Three Legged Goat Triathlon in Lewisburg, TN on October 8.

Dr. Lovell needs the support of the community to help these animals, which, he believes, will ultimately come full circle and help humans.

"Humans and animals in our ecosystems are linked, you can't separate them. By improving the health and well being of our animals, we improve the health and well being of our human populations, you cannot separate the three," explained Dr. Lovell.

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