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Pooch Plunge raises more than $1,100 for shelter

September 19, 2009

The annual Pooch Plunge Sept. 9 at Claude M. Potterfield Pool in Hagerstown raised more than $1,100 for the Humane Society of Washington County.

By 8:30 p.m., 171 dogs and 286 of their human companions were enjoying themselves at the city pool off Frederick Street.

The event was hosted by the Humane Society and the City of Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Department.

Paul Miller, the animal shelter's executive director, was pleased with the turnout.

"The Pooch Plunge gets larger each year and is now a Tri-State draw," Miller said. "It is a fundraiser that also gives dog owners the opportunity to increase their bond with their dogs. As I looked around and saw how many people joined their canine family members in the chilly water, it seems that bond is pretty strong."

Drs. Marie Eckl and Rob Russon from Cumberland Valley Veterinary Clinic in Hagerstown were in attendance for the event.

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"I am just amazed that there are all these dogs running around and there hasn't been a single fight," Russon said.

Eckl was also impressed.

"This is a really nice event. It is really nice to see so many people enjoying themselves with their dogs," she said.

To see pictures of the event, go to www.hswcmd.org.

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