YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Scores of dogs and their owners filled FDR Park in Yorktown May 6, to raise awareness for animal abuse during the 12th annual SPCA Dog Walk and Pet Fair.

People brought their dogs, some of which had been rescued from the SPCA years prior, to show support for dogs like Peanut, the event’s chairdog.

Peanut was rescued by the SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Unit from horrific conditions. He 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.

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Now, the affectionate dog is happy, healthy and just earned his bachelor’s with honors in the SPCA’s Canine Life and Social Skills training program.

The park was filled with vendors selling healthy pet products, treats and toys. There were demonstrations and activities for both dogs and humans to enjoy. Peanut, and others, were available for adoption from the SPCA and Pitstop, a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from animal shelters and keeps them in private foster homes, where they are assessed and treated for medical and behavioral needs, until they are adopted by their perfect match.

The annual walk is the largest fundraiser for the SPCA, which aims to protect animal welfare by providing shelter, rehabilitation, adoption services and help in locating lost pets. Donate online at spca914.org/donate.