Ice-skating dog shows off in New York’s Central Park

MANHATTAN, NY – Move over, Air Bud. An ice skating dog made the rounds at Wollman Rink in Central Park on Tuesday, and it’s all for a good cause.

Benny, the 8-year-old Labrador, lives in Las Vegas with his owner, Cheryl DelSangro, who rescued him from a shelter as a puppy.

“When I contacted the shelter, I found out it was their last day,” DelSangro said. “He was going to be shot the next day, so I made arrangements and they shot him and I had him sent to Las Vegas and adopted him.”

DelSangro is a retired professional figure skater and knew she would be able to teach her four-legged friend how to navigate the ice.

At Wollman Rink, the pair weren’t just there to have a good time. They also came to further Benny’s cause for good eye health in dogs.

“It’s such a shame that dogs don’t take such good care of their eyes, so we got involved in that. Benny takes a supplement,” DelSangro said.

Benny’s sponsor, Animal Necessity, makes the vision supplement. DelSangro said she hopes others will use the product to preserve their dogs’ sight, especially as they age.

Young skaters, like 10-year-old Elle, loved having Benny on the ice.

“Benny was adorable and fun to skate with,” she said. “It was fun when I was doing my pirouette and Benny was skating right next to me.”

Animal Necessity will match all donations from purchases made here in Benny’s name to the Vision for Animals Foundation.

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