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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Mayor Patrick Cannon greets Anita Strauss-Larowe, a volunteer with Animal Care and Control Division, and "Scooby," a 4-year-old chihuahua mix who is up for adoption at Animal Care and Control, at Tuesday's press conference after he proclaimed February 2014 as "Partnership for Pets Month" in Charlotte. The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Tanya Walter, with the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, gets a greeting from Betty, one of the many animals in the crowd at Tuesday's press conference. The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Hardy the cat (right), and Kimberly Shelton, a volunteer with CMPD Animal Care and Control, with shepherd mix Maddie, one of many animals among the crowd at Tuesday's press conference. The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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    George Beckwith of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Charlotte greets Jasmine the cat as he arrives at Tuesday's press conference. At right is Kathy Clarke of Animal Care and Control. The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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    Karen Medicus, Senior Director Community Initiatives at ASPCA, and Mary Blinn, DVM, a veterinarian at Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control, enjoy a laugh during the speeches at Tuesday's press conference.The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Mayor Patrick Cannon and dignitaries proclaimed February 2014 as "Partnership for Pets Month" in Charlotte at Tuesday's press conference. The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    J.D. Diggs of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department gives a thumbs up at Tuesday's press conference. The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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    Mayor Patrick Cannon and CMPD Deputy Chief Vicki Foster (back left) with Mary Blinn, DVM, a veterinarian at Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control, at Tuesday's press conference.The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    One of the animals in the crowd at Tuesday's press conference. The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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    Mary Blinn, DVM, a veterinarian at Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control, (center) takes photos. The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welcomed Charlotte into the ASPCA Partnership program at this presser at the Palmer Building on E. Seventh St. Attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Mayor Patrick Cannon; Humane Society of Charlotte President & CEO Shelly Moore and Vice President of Operations Jorge Ortega; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
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