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"Dallas Loves Animals" Kick-Off a Barking Success

Saturday kicked off the new "Dallas Loves Animals" campaign, an, ahemm, "pet project" of city council member Delia Jasso. All day at the Dallas Animal Services shelter, folks stopped by to get their pets signed up for discounted vaccinations, pose for photos and adopt new family members. Interim director of DAS, Lt. Scott Walton, estimated that about 150 new and veteran pet owners came though to support the campaign.

"I thought it was a great success," Walton said. Throughout the morning he was swamped by animal welfare activists, politicians and shelter workers shaking hands and giving hugs. But the most high-profile guest of all was Grace, a Great Dane who'd been confined to a tiny crate and weighed next-to-nothing when DAS investigators rescued her from an animal hoarder last October. Today, she weighs close to 100 pounds thanks to Animal Rescue of Texas and was a big hit at the kick-off, posing with her signature Dallas Loves Animals poster.

Check out her progress, and more 'dorbel photos, after the jump.

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