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Local residents and their dogs embarked upon Centennial Park yesterday morning for the SPCA’s Paws for a Cause event. Paws for a Cause is held every year with the intent of putting a stop to animal cruelty, while raising funds for pets that have been abused.

North Peace SPCA branch manager Candace Buchamer said while the walk has been going on for at least 15 years locally, its focus has changed recently to help abused animals.

“They did that within the last two years, they dubbed it the ‘walk to end animal cruelty.’ We do see a lot of neglect and cruelty in so many different areas. It’s something that we really want to try to get a better understanding for people about is what nowadays classed as appropriate care for animals,” she said.

She added the money helps in a number of areas relating to cruelty.

“The good thing is, is that it can be used in so many different allocations. First and foremost it’s going to be used for cruelty investigation as well as medical care for animals that come in that are needing that whether it’s emergency surgeries or extended care for some animals,” she said,” she said

It’s estimated the SPCA spends approximately $800 per animal that comes into the shelter as a result of cruelty, as oppose to $300 for healthy animals that are surrendered.

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