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The Hero Dog Awards were created by the American Humane Association to celebrate the devoted relationship between dogs and people. Presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and broadcast nationwide on Hallmark Channel, the 2012 American Hero Dog winner will be announced at a black-tie gala event in Los Angeles on October 5th produced by Emmy® award winning MRB Productions.

The annual national competition searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or simply the tail-wagging welcome a pet owner relishes at the end of a hard day.  Dogs compete in eight categories for the Hero Dog Awards: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs).

Winners in each category were selected by the public from a pool of over 350 contestants.  Each will be flown to Hollywood with two of their human friends to attend the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards show in Los Angeles. There they will walk the red carpet, attend the show which will be broadcast on Hallmark Channel on October 5th, and be recognized in a video tribute.

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