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Unleashed by Petco to hang 10 with surfer dogs

Unleashed by Petco is taking over the reins of the largest surfing dog competition in the United States. Fifty dogs are expected to participate in this year's Surf Dog competition, which will be held July 13 in Imperial Beach, Calif., adjacent to the pier.

Lowe’s hosted the competition for the past eight years. Unleashed by Petco is ready to take the helm and take things to “the next level.”

"As a San Diego-based company, we are excited to be able to host such a fantastic event that not only embodies our local surf culture, but provides a fun day of bonding for pet and pet parents," says Evan Harding, director of marketing for Unleashed by Petco.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include a dog park, treats for both dogs and humans and a dog wash station. Animal care experts will also be on hand to ensure all participants are kept safe.

For the third consecutive year, the event will benefit the ASPCA. Those who are interested in participating can register at www.unleashedbypetco.com/surfdog.