'Petapalooza' takes over Bergfeld Park
POSTED: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 9:14pm
TYLER — As animal overpopulation continues to be a problem here in East Texas, Pat Caldwell and her friends Sandy and Leann Sellers decided to bring "Petapalooza" to Tyler.
"We really looked at it, we thought there was a great need in Tyler for not only adoption, but an educational event," Caldwell said.
Caldwell says rescue groups from all over East Texas were invited to bring some of their animals in need of a little love.
Dogs, cats and...even some horses got in on the action.
Shaina Vickery from Chapel Hill was there promoting a book she wrote about her daughter's adventures with her favorite horse...a horse that, much like the other animals at Petapalooza had a rough time in the past.
"We rescued her from some people and...she just fell in love, she became the best horse ever," Vickery said.
A group named C.L.A.W. -- Citizens League for Animal Welfare showed up as well...
The group from Van Zandt County brought Foxy and Lucy...a couple of Chihuahuas that had once belonged to a hoarder...
"There was 30 something Chihuahas in the house and unfortunately a lot of the adult dogs and the puppies had staff infection and some other things going on with them because of the environment they were in," said Kristi Witmer
But after C.L.A.W. came to the rescue, Foxy and Lucy are doing much better.
"His little ear here used to look like a pig's ear...but we've got hair growing now," Witmer said.
And much like the other animals at Petapalooza, Foxy and Lucy are just looking for someone who will love them to take them home.