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County to put on the dog at Saturday event

WESTAMPTON - The county is going to the dogs on Saturday.
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WESTAMPTON - The county is going to the dogs on Saturday.

The Burlington County Health Department is holding its first Dog Days of Summer Health and Safety Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county complex on Pioneer Boulevard.

The event will include exhibi-tors and activities for pets and their people, organizers said. Partici-pants can enjoy food, face painting, games, dog sports and prizes.

A family dog walk from the library to the county animal shelter will feature various stations offering information, organizers said. The county Sheriff's Office will perform child safety seat checks.

"We feel it's important for pet owners and future pet owners to learn about emergency preparedness so families know how to take care of their animals if an emergency occurs," said Robert Gogats, the county's public health coordinator.

The festival is being held in conjunction with the shelter's reduction of dog adoption fees this month.

Dogs can be adopted for $40 instead of $75 through the end of the month. The fee for puppies too young to be spayed or neutered is $60 instead of $100, with a $20 refundable deposit after the dog has had the surgery. The county shelter is open from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information about the festival, call 609-265-5548.

Contact: dcamilli@phillyBurbs.comor 609-267-7586