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Brother Paul Santoro blesses a 16-year-old pug named Spooky at the blessing of the animals event at Franciscan Center in Tampa on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Dogs, cats, a bird, Tampa Police Department mounted patrol unit horses and some of the K-9 unit showed up to get a blessing. Brother Paul Santoro spent time during the event blessing the individual animals with their owners.
Brother Paul Santoro blesses a 16-year-old pug named Spooky at the blessing of the animals event at Franciscan Center in Tampa on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Dogs, cats, a bird, Tampa Police Department mounted patrol unit horses and some of the K-9 unit showed up to get a blessing. Brother Paul Santoro spent time during the event blessing the individual animals with their owners.
Published Oct. 2, 2014

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Brother Paul Santoro gives attention to Spooky, a 16-year-old pug, at Thursday's annual Blessing of the Animals at the Franciscan Center. Dogs, cats, a bird, horses from the Tampa Police Department mounted patrol and some dogs from the department's canine unit were also blessed. The event celebrates the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment.

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