Pooch Plunge raises more than $1,000 for animal shelter

September 19, 2010
  • About 200 dogs and 288 people participated Sept. 8 in the annual Pooch Plunge at the city's Claude M. Potterfield Pool.
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An estimated 200 dogs and 288 people participated in the annual Pooch Plunge on Sept. 8 at Claude M. Potterfield Pool in Hagerstown.

The event raised more than $1,000 for the Humane Society of Washington County.

Hosted by the Humane Society and the City of Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Department, the event has been an attraction for the past seven years.

Numerous pet owners joined their K9 companions in the pool for one last swim for the season.

"The Pooch Plunge gets larger each year and is now a Tri-State draw," said Paul Miller, executive director of the animal shelter.

"This is a fundraiser that also enhances the canine/human bond. Seeing how many people joined their canine family members in the chilly water again this year, it certainly appeared that the bond was pretty strong."

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


"This is always such an enjoyable event that I look forward to it," Eckl said.

"This is always such fun," Russon said. "I love seeing the dogs and people having such a good time together."

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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