MANHATTAN, NY – Get moving, Air Bud. A skate dog skated around Central Park’s Wollman Rink on Tuesday, all for a good cause.
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Benny, the 8-year-old Labrador, lives in Las Vegas with his owner, Cheryl DelSangro, who rescued him from a shelter when he was a pup.
“When I contacted the shelter, I was told it was his last day,” DelSangro said. “He was supposed to be euthanized the next day, so I made arrangements and they raised him and I sent him to Las Vegas and I adopted him.”
DelSangro is a retired professional figure skater and knew she could teach her four-legged friend how to navigate the ice.
At Wollman Rink, the couple wasn’t just there for a good time. They also came to further Benny’s cause for good eye health in dogs.
“It’s really a shame that dogs don’t take good care of their eyes, so we got involved. Benny is taking a supplement,” DelSangro said.
Benny’s sponsor, Animal Necessity, makes the vision complement. DelSangro said she hopes others will use the product to preserve their dogs’ vision, especially as they age.
Young skaters, like 10-year-old Elle, were happy to have Benny on the ice.
“Benny was adorable and fun to skate with,” she said. “It was fun when I did my spin and Benny went right past me.”
Animal Necessity matches all donations from purchases made here on Benny’s behalf to the Vision for Animals Foundation.