Video: ‘Human Walk’ draws people and pups from the Southside

  • Local animal shelters and advocacy groups hosted Norfolk's second annual Human Walk today at the Scope Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

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  • NACC Alum doberman Sammy with his owner Brittni Naylor (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

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  • (Left to right) Suffolk Animal Care representatives Casey White and Katie Owen posed with their two dogs Shae and Astrib. (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

  • Shae really wanted to go for a swim in the fountain today. (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

  • Shae from the Suffolk Animal Care shelter was all smiles today as she got tons of attention. (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

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  • Along with walking the dogs, there were plenty of toys to toss to the dogs. (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

  • Burlebee sure loved his favorite ball. (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

  • Adopted French Bulldog Burlebee plays with his favorite toy. (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

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  • While animal shelters and groups brought dogs out for the public, other dog owners came out with their pooches as well to join in the festivities. (Jordan Grice /Southiside Daily)

  • Hippo was rescue from an abusive home where he was made into a "bait dog" for a dog fighting ring. According to his owner, Hippo required lip surgery to fix injuries he sustained. Hippo was adopted two weeks ago and is loving having his new sister Summer and his new home. (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

  • (right to left) Summer smiles for the camera along side her new brother Hippo. (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

  • (Right to left) Norfolk Animal Care Center Alum Hippo and Summer came out to spread the joy with their owner. (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

  • Norfolk residents got plenty of opportunities to walk a lovable pooch in downtown Norfolk during lunch time.(Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

  • Local animal shelters and advocacy groups hosted Norfolk's second Human Walk today at the Scope Plaza (Jordan Grice / Southside Daily)

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NORFOLK — What did you do for lunch Thursday? Some Norfolk city employees spent their break taking a walk in the sun with man’s best friend.

City employees were invited to the “Human Walk” in Downtown Norfolk at the Scope Plaza. Pooches from local shelters were the star of the event, which was sponsored by the city, the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center and Chesapeake Animal Control.

“People just love to be with dogs and learn learn about the shelters, learn about volunteering, and learn about the adoption process, and meet the staff and the volunteers,” said Barbara Hays, shelter director of the NACC.

“It’s just a lot of fun. No pressure. We have a lot of people show up with their own dogs today just to get them out and to do something different and everybody’s welcome,” she added.

While the event drew locals, people from outside the city came as well. Cy Corbin and Kim Diggs, who traveled to Norfolk from the Outer Banks, spent the early part of their afternoon playing with the pups.

“The premise was to just walk the dogs and not take one home, but it’s really hard,” Corbin said.

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