DENVILLE, NJ-- Denville doggies got to spend some quality time at Cook's Pond this weekend. On May 9, the annual Dogs Gone Wild fundraiser took place. The fundraiser charged $20 dollars per family with a limit of three dogs, but all money raised will go directly to benefit the Denville Animal Shelter.

The event was the brainchild of the Denville Police Department Animal Control Officer, Meredith Petrillo. In addition to her hard work on Dogs Gone Wild, Officer Petrillo handles all animal cruelty calls, animal control calls, and animal resuce services. In addition to her duties as the Animal Control Officer, Petrillo also runs the Denville Animal Shelter and the Denville Dog Park on Zeek Road.

"The event is a great time. Cook's Pond is fenced in so getting the dogs off the leash is great. This is a great family event and we raise a ton of money for the Denville Animal Shelter," Officer Petrillo told TAP into Denville as the event was wrapping up.

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Dogs Gone Wild is a special day for local dogs and families to come together. The event is held twice a year, once in May before Cook's Pond opens to the public for the season, and once in Sept., before Cook's Pond closes for the season.

Dogs who attended were treated to tennis ball throwing, running free through Cook's Pond park, and of course, swimming in Cook's Pond itself. For the two legged humans, there was food, a tricky tray, and a 50/50.

Many of the residents who attended the event gave it a thumbs up. Throughout the event, TAP was told how wonderful of an event it is, that the money raised goes to help support an awesome charity, that the dogs were having a blast, and that Animal Control Officer Petrillo always puts on a great event for the local dogs in the Denville community. 

According to the Dog's Gone Wild event page on Facebook, each dog that came out went home and went right to sleep for the day. There were many activites going on for them including the constant interaction with the other dogs.

The Denville Animal Shelter raised over $1,000 dollars at Dogs Gone Wild. The event was a huge success and both the four-legged and two-legged had a great time. Thanks to Officer Petrillo and her volunteers for another successful Dogs Gone Wild.