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On Saturday, February 2nd 2012, Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia participated in the 4th annual Puppy Love Gala hosted by Palm Valley Animal Center. The charitable event was held at the McAllen Convention Center, and was sold out. Every year Palm Valley Animal Center brings in a celebrity to the Gala dressed in a dog suit celebrated as the year’s Top Dog in order to attract donors. Puppy Love Gala featured blackboard and silent auctions, an open bar and fabulous dinner. Palm Valley Animal Center and the Puppy Love planning committee hoped to raise funds to heighten companion animal awareness through community outreach and education. County Judge Ramon Garcia was accompanied by the Pretty Kitty, News Channel 5 News personality Letty Garza. Palm Valley Animal Center is a private non-profit organization that cares for homeless companion animals and enhances the relationship between animals and people through adoptions, education and community outreach.