All around Kirkland yesterday, "Save the Animals" signs pleading for donations to keep three beloved sculptures were taken down. The animals have been...

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All around Kirkland yesterday, “Save the Animals” signs pleading for donations to keep three beloved sculptures were taken down.

The animals have been saved.

“We did it!” said Joan McBride, Kirkland’s deputy mayor, who represented the City Council in the campaign to raise $212,160 to purchase the statues.

“It took major donors, business people, people donating money through their [city] utility bills, children and even friends who live outside our borders,” McBride said.

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Since October, more than 600 donors, who gave from $5 to $50,000, slowly but steadily sent their checks and dollar bills to the city to buy the three statues, on loan to the city from real-estate developer Bill Ballantine since the early 1990s. Last year, Ballantine said he needed to sell the art because of financial problems, and he offered Kirkland the chance to keep the statues if it could raise the money.

The statues were saved nine days before the July 31 deadline.