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Walk and dog show raise over £500 for Bishop's Stortford animal rescue charity ARC

Canine capers helped to raise more than £500 for Bishop's Stortford's ARC, the animal rescue charity building a new home off Farnham Road.

On Sunday (Sept 8), around 30 owners and their pooches who belong to Southern Country Park Dog Social Club met at Farnham village hall and walked for more than two hours, covering nearly five miles in the surrounding fields, to raise £220. It was led by Peter Beatty and organised by KJ Hirani.

And a dog show at Birchanger Social Club's fete raised £300 for the charity, run by Jan Rose.

Vivien the Hungarian Vizsla, best in show with owner Pamela Joyce (16360505)
Vivien the Hungarian Vizsla, best in show with owner Pamela Joyce (16360505)

Organiser Alison Leavers said: "The money raised will go towards an operation for a little French bulldog currently in their care called Kola." The poorly pup, whose surgery will cost £2,000, attended the show with members of the ARC team.

Best in show was a Hungarian Vizsla called Vivien owned by Pamela Joyce from Cambridge. Reserve best in show was Archie, a rescue dog who came from ARC about six months ago.

Alison thanked judge Lucie Shaw and local businesses Fin&Fur, Jo Cundall Pet Portraits and Detheo Photography for providing prizes.

Charity dog walk (16360503)
Charity dog walk (16360503)

*Anyone who wants to join the Bishop's Stortford Southern Country Park Dog Social Group Whatsapp group should text KJ on 07803 297062.

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