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Locals beat the heat at Dash for the Dogs

Locals run a 5k course for Animal House Shelter's Dash for the Dogs on Saturday, June 4 at Citizens Park in Barrington. (Kara Silva/TribLocal)

Locals run a 5k course for Animal House Shelter's Dash for the Dogs on Saturday, June 4 at Citizens Park in Barrington. (Kara Silva/TribLocal)

A dog plops down near the dog water station after the Animal House Shelter Dash for the Dogs 1-mile Fun Walk on Saturday, June 4 at Citizens Park in Barrington. (Photo by Kara Silva/TribLocal reporter)

Blistering heat didn’t stop the masses from showing support for a local no-kill animal shelter Saturday, when suburbanites joined their canine counterparts for a day dedicated to the dogs.

More than 330 people participated in Animal House Shelter’s inaugural Dash for the Dogs 5k and 1-mile Fun Walk at Citizens Park in Barrington. (For more photos)

Huntley-based Animal House Shelter, a no-kill haven for pets that have been abused, neglected, have special needs or were rescued from being euthanized at other shelters, raised around $18,500. The money will be used to maintain day-to-day shelter operations, as well as cover animals’ medical needs, said Marlene Sweeney, AHS office manager.

Overall 5k race winners Zachary Johnson of Algonquin took first, Matthew Johnson of Algonquin took second and Lucas Keiser of Barrington took third place on the men’s side.

Overall 5k race winners Kerry Mortenson of Huntley took first, Kristin Leonhardt of Fox River GroveĀ  took second and Kari Turcan of South Elgin placed third on the women’s side.

In addition to the race, festivities included caricatures, face-painting, pet portraits, on-site massages, raffles, a bake sale, temporary tattoos, live music, food and an assortment of vendors selling items such as jewelry and pet paraphernalia.

For information about Animal House Shelter, to view adoptable pet biographies or to volunteer, call the shelter at 847-961-5541.

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