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3.5K Dogs Clog Streets of Madrid

Thankfully, 'Perroton' is for a cause
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2016 12:36 PM CDT
3.5K Dogs Clog Streets of Madrid
US' Ambassador James Costos, left, holds up a dog sculpture after a run with partner Michael Sean Smith and their dog "Greco" in Madrid, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. About 3,500 dogs marched the streets of Madrid with their owners in the “Perroton,” or Dogathon.   (Francisco Seco)

(Newser) – About 3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes ran through the streets of Spain's capital with their owners in the fifth edition of the "Perroton," or Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal cruelty and encourage dog adoptions, reports the AP. US Ambassador James Costos received an honorary award for his country's efforts against animal cruelty. Costos said he was thankful for the honor. Days before the Dogathon, he tweeted a picture of him and his dog Greco, saying they would run to "highlight the work of the US government against animal cruelty." Spain has jail penalties for cruelty against domesticated animals, but is divided concerning bullfights and bull runs. Some consider them savage, outdated practices, while others call the spectacles part of Spain's cultural heritage. (Read more Madrid stories.)

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