By Tara Rippin •
Published: 24 Oct 2020 • 12:19
Tiny chihuahua ‘dog of the year’ after more than a million votes by the American public.
THE huge public support and the deliberations of a panel of celebrity animal lovers and dog experts, saw this littlest dog walk off with the biggest prize and the title of 2020 American Hero Dog.
MacKenzie beat 407 other competitors across the country to take the crown at the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, broadcast nationwide earlier this week on Hallmark Channel.
President and CEO of American Humane, Dr Robin Ganzert, said the awards were created to honour some of the world’s most extraordinary heroes.
“These heroic canines have gone above and beyond the call of duty, saving lives on the battlefield, comforting the ill and aged, and reminding us of the powerful, age-old bond between animals and people.”
Rescue dog MacKenzie contracted aspiration pneumonia which nearly claimed her life as a newborn.
Overcoming her birth defect, she has gone on to ‘mother’ hundreds of other rescue animals with medical problems adapt and provide children with “world-changing” lessons in empathy during visits to schools.
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