Tails wagging in the sun at annual charity walk

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POOCHES of all shapes and sizes took a stroll along in the sun at a charity walk.

Dozens of families and their pets were at the 11th annual Wag Walk off Sea Front, in Hayling Island yesterday to raise money for animal shelter Stubbington Ark.

Savannah Osborne (8) with 'Daisy' and her friend Emma Spraggs (8) with 'Barney' ''Picture by:  Malcolm Wells (150517-9657)

Savannah Osborne (8) with 'Daisy' and her friend Emma Spraggs (8) with 'Barney' ''Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150517-9657)

Savannah Osborne, eight, was there with her mother Sam Osborne, 34, and two-year-old Shih Tzu Daisy.

Savannah said: ‘I like different dogs, I like seeing different dogs.

‘We’re trying to raise money for the Ark.’

Sam, of Hayling Island, added: ‘We’ve come to raise money for the Stubbington Ark.

‘It’s a nice day, the community comes together.’

Paul Long-Collins, Solent area branch manager for the RSPCA, thanked people for turning up and raising cash.

He said: ‘Every penny we get in enables us to deliver more and more animal welfare in the local area. We need to raise £1.5m each year to operate the Ark.

‘Last year we rehomed just under 4,000 animals.

‘Hopefully, with events like this we can look to develop what we are doing.’

Supporters of the Ark, based in Stubbington, include Mandy Kingsley-Doyle, 55, from Hayling Island, who was walking her 20-month-old dog Duchess.

The Malamute-King Shepherd cross was out with other dogs for the first time helping raise £100 in sponsorship.

She said: ‘It’s the first time she’s mixed with so many dogs.’

New Havant MP Alan Mak added: ‘The Wag Walk is a fantastic community event.’