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    Guest list includes sled team, military dogs

    An event at the animal services shelter will include pet holiday photos, demonstrations and pet health tips.

    By CHRISTINA K. COSDON
    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published November 28, 2001


    LARGO -- MacDill Air Force military dogs, a sled team of Siberian huskies and a search and rescue team involved in the search for survivors at the World Trade Center are among the scheduled guests at Saturday's sixth annual Family Reunion and Community Celebration at the Pinellas County Animal Services shelter, 12450 Ulmerton Road.

    The event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to everyone, especially people who have adopted cats and dogs from the shelter.

    The festivities include free photos of pets with Mrs. Santa "Paws." Prizes such as tickets to local attractions, free pet adoptions and microchip pet identification implants will be given throughout the event.

    A disc jockey will provide music, and clowns will roam around the facility. Guided tours of the shelter will be given on request. Animals Services director Dr. Kenny Mitchell and assistant director Welch Agnew will be available to answer pet health questions. Vendors also will have information on various animal products and will give some free samples.

    Roger Picard, with his search and rescue dog Jessie, will talk about their experiences working at ground zero in New York City in September.

    Linda Van Cleve will lead her Siberian huskies across Florida sand instead of snow. There will be a dog obedience demonstration, and Chuck Hietala will talk about his South Eastern Guide Dogs School.

    All attending pets are required to be licensed and on leashes or in carriers. For information, call Animal Services at 582-2600.

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