HUNDREDS of dogs and dog lovers took to Limestone Park in the centre of Ipswich yesterday to take part in the RSPCA Million Paws Walk.

Dogs of all sizes, breeds and colours made the walk through the park to raise money for animals in need.

The trek was the largest march against animal cruelty held in Ipswich yet and was one of dozens held around Queensland.

From german shepherds and labradors to maltese terriers and dachshunds, dogs of all sizes walked around the two and three kilometre walking paths.

At the finish line were pet stalls, animal exhibitors and veterinary behaviourist and 4BC radio's Pet Vet Dr Cam Day.

Ipswich City Council Health and Community Safety Committee chairman Cr Andrew Antoniolli said he was pleased to see so many Ipswich residents taking a stand against animal cruelty and happy to see the Ipswich City Council supporting the walk.

"Our pets are members of our families and we treasure the joy and fun they bring to our lives, but some animals don't have such a happy life and are subjected to sickening attacks that any right-thinking person would find shocking," he said.

"Animals can't speak for themselves, they can't report abuse and they're powerless to stop it. That's why organisations like the RSPCA are so vital. They are a voice for those that have none and give us all an opportunity to speak out against animal cruelty."

He said once people registered for the event they could opt to take part in the two or three kilometre walk with their pet and set up a personal fundraising page so family, friends or colleagues could support their efforts.



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