Officer Barbara Baugher of the Pinellas County Schools Police Department brought along T-Rex. T-Rex was rescued from the Humane Society, and now serves as a K-9 officer, working as a drug-sniffing dog. According to Officer Baugher, the dog was named “T-Rex” when she found him at the Humane Society, and decided to keep the name because she wanted the previous owner, whomever that may be, to know that T-Rex is doing fine, and has a great job, and to signify her gratitude for having found him.
In a special plaque presentation, Millie Esterline and Jeff Zhu of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, were honored for their concept and implementation of PCSO C.A.R.E.S, a program which reunites lost pets with their owners.
The Mutt Strut serves as a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Pinellas, with funds raised from pledges from individuals, and a variety of raffles. “Wag Bags” filled with goodies were given away to those who donated over $10.
While the Mutt Strut is an annual event, the Humane Society of Pinellas puts on many different pet-friendly events throughout the year. The next event will be Bark at the Ballpark, in which people will be able to take their pooches to see a Threshers game at Bright House Field.
For more information on the Humane Society of Pinellas, visit www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org.