CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. (WJZ) — A Maryland woman who works for Chiquita starred recently in the CBS network show “Undercover Boss.”  Now the banana company’s CEO is donating to a Cecil County animal shelter on his employee’s behalf.

Suzanne Collins was there when the check was presented.

Anna Burgess nicely told the man she trained at Chiquita Banana she doesn’t think he can handle truck dispatching.  Later, she learned that trainee was really the CEO.  That episode of “Undercover Boss” resulted in a friendship between the two.

“I did say I’m so sorry for what I said,” Burgess said.

The boss learned his employee is a lover of animals from the photos on her desk, so Wednesday Chiquita donated $5,000 to the SPCA in Cecil County, where Burgess lives.

The Cecil County shelter has been hard hit–like most nonprofits–in the past few years.

A contingency fund for special cases that had run dry will now be flush with money.  One dog, for example, has heartworm and it could cost hundreds of dollars for treatment to save his life.  Heartworm treatments and emergency care can cost a lot of money so the Cecil County SPCA hopes people will hear about this kindness and also donate to their contingency fund.

Burgess took a quick tour to meet the animals that will be helped by the donation.  She has no children and says dogs are her babies.

When she left with her boyfriend and their two dogs, she struggled with wanting to take home even more animals and promises to return.

The SPCA says it will also spend a small amount of the money on animal treats for the holidays and feed the animals deboned turkey on Christmas day, a gift from another donor.

Comments (5)
  1. Carol Witmer says:

    Interesting story.

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