Hundreds of bikers in Lehigh County hopped on two wheels to help save some four-legged friends.

If the saying is true, that there's strength in numbers, then animal rights activists taking part in the Pipes 4 Paws Charity motorcycle ride are sending quite a message.

"Just our way of making a statement against those who abuse animals, and maybe make them rethink hurting an animal...a defenseless dog or animal," said Eric German, Pipes 4 Paws organizer.

In recent years, Pipes 4 Paws has helped raise more than $50,000 for causes to help abused animals.

"We are overwhelmed. There's a lot of people here (Sunday). This year, with the coronavirus, our funds have been at an all-time low bit, our need to rescue animals is at an all-time high," said Chris Baringer, president of Logan's Heroes Animal Rescue in Montgomery County.

Logan's Heroes, an organization that rescues abused and neglected animals, is one of the non-profits benefiting from Sunday's ride.

"As well as Tim Duffy, who was a hero firefighter on 9/11. He runs a mission called 1Soldier 1Dog 1Team. And that pairs PTSD veterans with abused dogs," German said.

About 500 bikers registered for the event. They took off at noon from the parking lot of Mission BBQ in Whitehall, and ended up at the Boatyard in Lehighton, where there was live music and contests. A portion of Sunday's proceeds will also be donated to the Allentown Police Departments K9 Unit.

"We are so glad to have everybody's support out here today and this is something that we really need for funding for our organization this year," Baringer said.

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