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“SUSIE” OF SUSIE’S HOPE NAMED “AMERICAN HERO DOG” AT THE 2014 AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS ™

Sep 28 | Posted by: Susie's Hope

Therapy Dog “Susie” Survived Life Threatening Ordeal And Went On To Change Animal Cruelty Laws To Help Thousands Of Other Animals       Affected By Abuse
Susie and Seven American “Top Dogs” To Appear In Hero Dog Awards Premiering On Hallmark Channel In October
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 28, 2014)—Susie of Highpoint, NC and the
2014 American Humane Association Therapy Dog Winner was recognized for her heroic and caring spirit and awarded the national title as the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog™ this weekend.
Susie—the beloved Pit Bull mix that was beaten, burned and left for dead as a puppy and has since become the voice to change animal cruelty laws in her home state—was among seven deserving finalists. She was honored with the noble “Hero Dog” title at the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog™ awards ceremony held Saturday evening, September 27, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotelin Beverly Hills, CA.  The glamorous annual canine event is organized each year to spotlight and recognize the achievements of ordinary dogs doing extraordinary things.
“We are truly humbled and blessed in this wonderful recognition that was made possible because of the American Human Association, friends, family and animal enthusiasts.” said Susie’s owner Donna Lawrence“Susie has a gift; Susie is a gift. She has become the voice for all animals. We will carry the Hero Dog Award with great pride and a heart-felt devotion to its message and meaning.”
The decorated recognition parallels the various and recent successes that sing Susie’s praise. As the American Humane Association Therapy Dog (sponsored by Zoetis--the leading animal health company), garnering majority support from the general public and the American Humane Association blue-ribbon panel of celebrity judges and dog lovers, Susie traveled to New York City to appear on The Today Show.
Attendees of the 4th Annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards were introduced briefly to Susie’s upcoming film, entitled Susie’s Hope, as part of Donna Lawrence's award acknowledgement. The film (starring Emmanuelle Vaugier, Burgess Jenkins, Andrea Powell with Lance E. Nichols, Jon Provost and Megan Blake) made its national television debut on UpTV in August and is currently available online at Walmart, Best Buy and Family Video. The film was produced by Susie’s Hope Movie, LLC in association with Stone’s Throw Films, Inc. and ALTAIR Casting & amp; Production Services.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Susie’s Hope--a nonprofit organization formed to foster awareness surrounding the animal abuse that exists in our nation and to work to end the tragic epidemic by providing education to people of all ages.
The 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog™ Awards will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel, Thursday, October 30, 2014 (7PM Central/8PM Eastern).
For more information on Susie’s Hope, visit susieshope-nc.org or susieshope.com.
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Susie's Law
Senator Don Vaughan sponsored Senate Bill 254, Susie’s Law, which would allow for tougher sentencing for those convicted of animal abuse. Its House counterpart was HB 1690. The proposed bills elevated the Al misdemeanor to a Class H felony and required giving an active prison sentence.  On June 16, 2010, North Carolina legislators determined that anyone who tortures, starves or kills an animal will face jail time. Susie’s Law passed in the House, and the Senate voted 47–0 to give final approval to the law. On June 23, 2010, Governor Bev Perdue signed the new animal cruelty law—Susie's Law. For more information, visit: www.ncvaw.org/susie.

Susie's Hope
Susie’s Hope™ is a nonprofit organization formed to foster awareness surrounding the animal abuse that exists in our nation and to work to end the tragic epidemic by providing education to people of all ages.  In a team effort, Donna and Susie visit schools, churches and organization, and attend pet adoption fairs and fundraisers to motivate and educate people. The life-like Susie’s Plush animals with embroidered scars (carried by Toys & Company) serve as a nurturing social and educational tool. For more information, visit: www.susieshope.com.

The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards
   
Now in its fourth year, the Hero Dog Awards 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 Dogs, Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs).

American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association atwww.americanhumane.org today.

Zoetis
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, with a focus on both farm and companion animals.  In 2012, the company generated annual reevenues of $4.3 billion.  With approximately 9,300 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2013, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 29 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information on the company, visit www.zoetis.com.

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