NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Pet owners affected by the pandemic got some much-needed assistance Tuesday in the Bronx.

Free pet food was distributed at the dog run in St. Mary’s Park.

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City Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr. says it’s become more expensive to feed pets during the pandemic.

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“We have hundreds and thousands and thousands of families in the borough of the Bronx that have animals, have pets. They have dogs, they have cats, and these pets are like our family members and pet food continues to go up,” he said.

New York Common Pantry and the ASPCA teamed up with Salamanca to hand out more than 1,000 pounds of food and other pet supplies, enough to help 300 dogs and cats.

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