Animal Lovers Flock To SPCA Of Westchester's Dog Walk, Pet Fair

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Joe, Nicole and Thurston Crane-Messina, of Peekskill, talk with Joanne Murach, of North Salem.
Joe, Nicole and Thurston Crane-Messina, of Peekskill, talk with Joanne Murach, of North Salem. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Hundreds attend the SPCA of Westchester's Dog Walk and Pet Fair Saturday.
Hundreds attend the SPCA of Westchester's Dog Walk and Pet Fair Saturday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
SPCA of Westchseter's dog walk kicks off at FDR State Park in Yorktown May 3. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - The SPCA of Westchester's annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair drew hundreds of animal lovers and their four-legged loved ones, including a "miracle dog" that the group has nursed back to health during the last two months. 

Photo Album SPCA of Westchester Dog Walk And Pet Fair Features Chevy Chase's Wife

Champ was the SPCA Grand Marshall for the dog walk, which wrapped around FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights Saturday morning. 

He was found by police in January with a serious head injury so severe that his eyes weren't visible. After two surgeries to repair his face, he was adopted by the McClure family of Yorktown Heights.

"The Dog Walk and Pet Fair helps the SPCA of Westchester raise the funds needed to take on cases like Champ so that the shelter animals can get the medical attention they need and get a second chance," according to a press release. 

Chevy Chase was scheduled to appear, but could not because he hugged a cat. His wife, Jaynie, explained Chase is allergic to cats, yet lives in a house with two. They are kept downstairs, but he let them upstairs and, worse, cuddled with them. 

Jaynie said Chase can "do dumb things sometimes" and apologized for his absence. 

While many people were excited to see the comedy legend, many were there to share the beautiful day with their beloved pets. 

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