Advocates remember man's best friend

Advocates remember man's best friend

LAWTON, Okla._Local animal lovers and advocates gathered at the Vito Baxter Dog Park Saturday evening to celebrate their love for man's best friend.

The "Paws and Remember" event brought dogs and their owners together to remember pets that have died. Organizer Vickie Johnson says they are also hoping to bring light to a cause that is near and dear to her heart.

"We want to concentrate as well on animal abuse. We have had a really high volume of animal abuse in Lawton. Animals being dumped, animals being left, lost. Those dogs aren't being found and brought back to their homes. Those animals are what we are remembering," said Johnson.

Dog owner Emma Thurmond says she came out to Saturday's event because her two pit bulls mean the world to her.

"Very, very special dogs. I really honestly before having them I didn't know what it meant when people said I don't know what I would do without them but I literally don't know what I would do without them," said Thurmond.

The event took about a month to plan. Organizers say they hope "Paws and Remember" can be an annual event at the dog park in Lawton.