The Wetzel County Animal Shelter Supporters, Inc. held the 11th annual Mutt Strut on Oct. 6. The event raised approximately $8,900 after expenses. Several owners and their canine friends came to spend the day together and support the event.
Winners of the contests held were as follows. Pie cook off: first place, Whitney Loy (who donated her prize back to the shelter); second place, Cindy Richter; third place, Diana Cecil. Costume contest: first place, Lea Ann Summers with Lucy, Brandy, and Sienna; second place, Barbara Bucher with Jersey; third place, Debbie Highley with Hannah Banana. There were also four honorable mentions chosen: Marshee Sidenstickler with Roxie, Diana Smith with Lady, Cearia Leek with Maxine, and Christina Highley with Chloe.
Owner/Pet Look-a-like: first place, Trace Freed and Goober; second, Andrea Thomas and Puppy; third, Wanda Rose with Teddy and Socks. Most Pledge Money, 18 and over age group: first place, Quill Brogan; second place, Jodi Goodrich. Most Pledge Money, 18 and younger: first place, Aiden Fluharty; second place, Alex Yeager (he donated his prize back to the shelter).
Sponsors for this event are as follows. Title Sponsor: Westbank Harbor Services, Inc. Corporate Sponsors: Chopper Hutchison Memorial, Kimble Chiropractic Clinic, and Carl, Linda, Angel, and Velvet Reist. Gold Paw Sponsors: The Oylers, RCS Printing/Business Machines, AAA Homes, Domino's Pizza, Dog Palace, Klug Bros. Inc. (Moundsville), Mary Kay Klug, Stone Energy, Frederick & Nancy Wright, Now and Forever Pet Crematory, Wetzel-Valley Agency Inc., The Percinsky Pack, Litman Excavating, Designs & Logos, Power Country 99.5. Silver Paw Sponsors: New Martinsville Moose Lodge #931, Wetzel County Hospital, Greg & Nancy Richmond, The Hinerman Family, Rikki and Nola Parks, Larry and Debbie West in memory of "Shadow", Dr. Benjamin Kocher, DDS. Lifetime Sponsorship in Memory of Kayla McElaney. Please support these businesses that give back to their community.
The members of the Wetzel County Animal Shelter Supporters, Inc. would like to thank everyone again who sponsors, attends, makes a pledge, volunteers, or otherwise makes this event successful. They would also like to thank Leslie Manley who drew the posters for the event.