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Staff member Kelvin Chupina, holds 'Baily,' a 9-year-old blind cocker spaniel mix, while The Rev. Christopher Rodriguez blessed him Saturday. For more than 25 years, people have gathered with their pets at the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County for the annual Blessing of the Animals. In the beginning, you never knew what might show up to be blessed. Pigs, iguanas, turtles, snakes and the occasional horse, were brought to the shelter to be blessed. Nearly 150 animals, mostly dogs, with a few cats, listened to prayers and poems while waiting with their owners to be blessed. The Rev. Christopher Rodriguez, of Trinity Episcopal Church and Chalmers Morse, HSVB executive director, conducted this year's ceremonies. For more information, visit www.HSVB.org.