YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Peanut, a victim of animal cruelty, will lead the SPCA’s 12th annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair on Saturday, May 6, at FDR Park in Yorktown.

The walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Dog Walk and Pet Fair is the SPCA’s largest event attended by thousands of families along with their four-legged friends. Funds raised help the SPCA to rescue and rehabilitate many orphaned animals every year.

New York State Sen. Terrence Murphy will start the walk with a ribbon cutting. He recently authored and helped pass S.3451, which increases the penalty for multiple convictions of animal cruelty to a felony when convicted within five years from the date of a prior conviction.

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This year’s SPCA Walkathon Chairdog, Peanut, is known to thousands of animal lovers who supported his recovery after being rescued by the SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Unit from horrific conditions. Peanut was confined in a basement, covered in filth, emaciated, dehydrated and suffered from sores all over his body. The former owner was arrested and charged with cruelty and neglect by the SPCA of Westchester’s HLE Unit.

Although Peanut is still looking for a permanent home, he is the perfect example of how resilient rescue animals can be. For this reason, he has been chosen as the 2017 Dog Walk chairdog.

At the SPCA Dog Walk and Fair, supporters will enjoy a scenic walk around the park plus live music, food, refreshments and dog and kid friendly activities. Pre-registration is not required. To attend, the SPCA asks for a $20 donation from individuals to join or $35 for a family.

For further details, please log on to SPCA914.ORG. The SPCA of Westchester is located at 590 North State Road in Briarcliff Manor and is a no-kill shelter. The SPCA is not affiliated with the ASPCA.