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Generals host second annual dog race with the Dorothy H. O'Connor Pet Adoption Center

July 9, 2011 at 2:09 a.m.
Updated July 10, 2011 at 2:10 a.m.

Woody pulls ahead of Gus as they run the final weiner dog race next to the first base line at Riverside Stadium on Saturday during an inning break at the Victoria Generals game. Woody came in first for the entire competition. Proceeds of the races benefited the Dorothy H. O'Connor Pet Adoption Center.

Zac Lawson and Becky Lyon purchased a new squeaky toy for Woody before entering him in the dog race at the Victoria Generals second annual Hot Diggity Dog Night on Saturday night.

"He loves squeaky toys, so we went and got him one," Lyon said. "We thought that would be the best strategy to encourage him to run to me."

Fifteen dogs raced two at a time in three qualifying heats. Two dogs qualified for the final race from first base to home plate after the third inning.

"They're racing for a cause," said Sally Kuecker, the executive director of the Dorothy H. O'Connor Pet Adoption Center. The proceeds from the $20 registration fee for the racers will benefit animals at the adoption center.

Lawson and Lyon heard about the race on the radio Saturday afternoon and decided to participate to support the cause.

"For us it's just another fun event night," said Black Koch, the general manager of the Victoria Generals. Koch said event nights at the baseball games are a fun way to support local nonprofits. "The Adoption Center is a favorite, we enjoy partnering up with them."

And the new toy paid off, Woody placed first in the final race and in the re-match following the third inning of the game between the Victoria Generals and the Cane Cutters.



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