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Shepparton's pooches hit the pavement

Hundreds of dog lovers in Shepparton got out and about as part of Million Paws Walk.

JARROD WHITTAKER May 19, 2014 3:12am

Bec Dennis with sausage dog Oscar and Christine Tomkins with great dane Harvey.


Shepparton’s Victoria Park became a sea of paws — and a few hooves — as the town’s dog owners and their prized pooches turned out to support the Million Paws Walk.

Event co-ordinator Tony Mac said about 250 people turned out for yesterday morning’s RSPCA fundraiser.

Among the four-legged contingent were about 208 dogs and a trick-performing goat.

‘‘The goat went for a walk with the dog that it hangs out with at home,’’ Mr Mac said.

‘‘The goat does tricks, but it got a bit shy — It was quite entertaining.’’

The event attracted dogs of all shapes and sizes — from pugs to great danes.

‘‘Some of them were like horses and then you had some you could fit in your pockets,’’ he said.

Registrations opened at 9am, before the walk around Victoria Park Lake kicked off at 10am.

Mr Mac said it was obvious the people in attendance loved animals and treated their dogs as ‘‘four-legged family members’’.

‘‘You can see it the way they’re dressed, the way they’re groomed,’’ he said.

‘‘They get behind it, some of them have rescued animals themselves.

‘‘They just love to take the dog and do a social catch up and the dogs were playing with other dogs.’’

This year marked the ninth time the annual event has been staged in Shepparton.

When the event was first organised in Shepparton there were six Million Paw Walks across Victoria.

There are now 16 walks held across the state.

Mr Mac said this year the event raised $4500 for the organisation.

He said as the organisation grew it required more support.

‘‘The RSPCA is like any great cause — when it started and you had all your do-gooders who supported animals,’’ Mr Mac said.

‘‘Now these days you’ve got vets and things that work there, it takes more money.’’

The event wrapped up about noon, with people hanging around for prize draws near the skate park.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the event can phone Mr Mac on 0407869111 or visit www.millionpawswalk.com.au

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