HAWTHORNE, NJ - "Paws in the Park,” hosted by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, Passaic County Freeholders, and Friends of Passaic County Park returned to Goffle Brook Park for the third year on Saturday. 

While last year's event aimed to raise money to outfit each K9 officer with a bullet-proof vest, this year the goal was to raise money to purchase another horse for the Sheriff's mounted unit. 

There were hundreds of visitors and dozens of booths set up, including pet adoption/rescue societies, animal hospitals, pet toy vendors, and other, local businesses.

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In addition to the dogs and a handful of cats brought to the park, visitors were treated to two demonstrations by the Passaic County SPCA and the Passaic County Sheriff's Department on the capabilities of their equine and canine officers, including one of how the sheriff's department handles civil unrest. 

Nearly 10 K9 officers, including a few rookies which have joined the force were on hand and an animal CPR demonstration was also held, for preparedness in case of emergencies.  Other activities during the day included a blessing of the animals by Father Mark of St. John’s Cathedral in Paterson, raffles and games, face painting, and a costume contest for the dogs, with some humans decided to join in on the fun as well.


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