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3,500 dogs, owners march in Spain against animal cruelty

  • A dog named "Charly" rests in the arms of his owner after both took part in a run in Madrid, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. About 3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes with purple bandanas around their necks marched the streets of Madrid with their owners in tow in the fifth edition of the "perroton," or Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal cruelty and the importance of dog adoptions. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    A dog named "Charly" rests in the arms of his owner after both took part in a run in Madrid, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. About 3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes with purple bandanas around their necks marched the streets of Madrid with their owners in tow in the fifth edition of the "perroton," or Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal cruelty and the importance of dog adoptions. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman feeds a dog after taking part in a run in Madrid, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. About 3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes with purple bandanas around their necks marched the streets of Madrid with their owners in tow in the fifth edition of the "perroton," or Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal cruelty and the importance of dog adoptions. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    A woman feeds a dog after taking part in a run in Madrid, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. About 3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes with purple bandanas around their necks marched the streets of Madrid with their owners in tow in the fifth edition of the "perroton," or Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal cruelty and the importance of dog adoptions. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

  • US' Ambassador James Costos, left, holds up a dog little sculpture after taking part in a run with his partner Michael Sean Smith, right, and their dog "Greco" in Madrid, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.  About 3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes marched the streets of Madrid with their owners in the fifth edition of the “Perroton,” or Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal cruelty and encourage dog adoptions. Costos was awarded the race’s first Honorary Award for his country’s efforts against animal cruelty.  (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    US' Ambassador James Costos, left, holds up a dog little sculpture after taking part in a run with his partner Michael Sean Smith, right, and their dog "Greco" in Madrid, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. About 3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes marched the streets of Madrid with their owners in the fifth edition of the “Perroton,” or Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal cruelty and encourage dog adoptions. Costos was awarded the race’s first Honorary Award for his country’s efforts against animal cruelty. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

About 3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes ran through the streets of Spain's capital with their owners in the fifth edition of the "Perroton," or Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal cruelty and encourage dog adoptions.

U.S. Ambassador James Costos received an honorary award for his country's efforts against animal cruelty.

Costos said he was thankful for the honor. Days before the Dogathon, he tweeted a picture of him and his dog Greco, saying they would run to "highlight the work of the U.S. government against animal cruelty."

Spain has jail penalties for cruelty against domesticated animals, but is divided concerning bullfights and bull runs. Some consider them savage, outdated practices, while others call the spectacles part of Spain's cultural heritage.