Animal lovers pony up $100,000 for Madonna tickets
Tip News - 2012/08/09       A+ A-
WASHINGTON (AFP)

Two longtime supporters of a Pennsylvania animal shelter have successfully bid $100,000 for four tickets to a Madonna concert in Philadelphia later this month.

Main Line Animal Rescue, in a statement Thursday, said the bid from Nick Adams and Dee Silvers at its annual fund-raising auction "is believed to be the highest paid for concert tickets."

The proceeds will go towards rehabilitating breeding dogs rescued from puppy farms in Pennsylvania. The non-profit is well-known for campaigning against puppy farm abuse.

"To me Madonna has always symbolized freedom and strength," Silvers said. "But when I think of puppy mill dogs, I think of confinement, and dogs weak from over-breeding and lack of veterinary care."

Madonna kicks off the North American leg of her world tour in Philadelphia on August 28. She is currently in Russia where she has stirred controversy with her support for gay rights and the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot.

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