Hank draws big crowd at Wisconsin Humane Society benefit walk

CREATED May 18, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - While the Brewers on the road, Hank the Dog is drawing crowds all by himself. Today, not just people, but pets came out to see the ballpark pup.

The number of participants in this year's Wisconsin Humane Society 'Tails on the Trail' walk doubled last year number. An estimated 1,300 people took part with their pets. Call it the 'Hank' effect.

"I've got to have my little daughter check him out," said Matt Besch of West Allis.

Hank's photo is in demand and his story is inspiring.

"Just an incredible story of how he wandered into the stadium and the Brewers adopted him," said Sara Brown of Oak Creek.

The stray who showed up at spring training in Arizona now has with his own place in Miller Park. Hank is a public relations phenom, major league mascot and poster pup for pet adoption.

"He's really an example of so many other homeless animals," said Jenny Mueller of the Wisconsin Humane Society. "The attention the Brewers have been able to draw to the plight of homeless animals has been beneficial to all homeless animals in the community."

Among the participants, a man wearing a 'K9HANK' state-issued Wisconsin liscense plate on a string around his neck.