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Going to the dogs

DOG DAYS: The fifth annual Canine Carnival, held for the first time at Jamesville Beach Park in 2014, brought in 20,000 dog lovers and their pets to the area on Aug. 10. More than 100 dogs were adopted as a result of the carnival and drew organizations from as far away as North Carolina.

DOG DAYS: The fifth annual Canine Carnival, held for the first time at Jamesville Beach Park in 2014, brought in 20,000 dog lovers and their pets to the area on Aug. 10. More than 100 dogs were adopted as a result of the carnival and drew organizations from as far away as North Carolina. Richard Pratt

— The 2014 Canine Carnival, held Aug. 10, was a rousing success. Now in its fifth year, it is the largest dog rescue event in New York State. With an increasing number of volunteer organizations, vendors, shows and adoptees, the outdoor event needed even more space this year and pulled up stakes for a move to Jamesville Beach County Park, where County Executive Joanie Mahoney kicked off the event, followed by a local pastor's prayer over the animals.

Local meteorologist Wayne Mahar was the face representing the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation, a not-for-profit organization to provide funds to Central New York animal rescues and welfares. The organization provided about $80,000 to such entities before the addition of this year's tally.

Last year and again this year, more than 100 animals were adopted as a result of the carnival. Last year's carnival attendance of about 15,000 was toppled by this year's figure of close to 20,000. Organizations came from as far away as North Carolina. Last year's furthest location was Philadelphia. "The word is getting around," said Mahar.

The carnival included dog washing and grooming, dog locator micro-chipping, dog agility and obedience training and the Adoption Dog Walk/ Parade at noon. An emergency medical facility was set up for the animals. Water bowls, kiddie pools and a misting tent were provided as well, to keep the animals cool.

"A big thank you to all who took time to attend. I hope you had fun," said Mahar. "Although I may be the front person for this great event, no one person could do this alone. A team effort of loving, caring people is what it takes."

Next year's event will be held in August at Jamesville Beach.

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