The Niagara County SPCA will hold a 1.5-mile walk in honor of those who love their companion animals and in memory of Pascal Scrufari, who drowned in February 2012 trying to rescue one of his dogs on the ice.

The walk, dubbed the Hyde Park Hound Hike, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1. Registration gets under way at 10 a.m.

Frank Cacciatore, the firefighter who tried to rescue Scrufari and later adopted the three dogs that day, will lead the walk with Adam Benigni of WGRZ-TV Channel 2.

Registration for adults is $20. Registration is free for walkers 17 and under. To register or for more information, go to

All proceeds will go to the Niagara County SPCA, which intends to open a spay/neuter clinic for low-income residents.