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Blessed are the animals at St. Francis event

Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 03:23 PM

There were big dogs and little dogs, a few cats and even some police horses. Father Sean O'Brien blessed them all.

O'Brien, associate pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa, led the annual Blessing of the Animals this evening in observance of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Francis, who died in 1226, is known as the patron saint of animals.

A staff report

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