DOGNY: America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs

DOGNY Sculptures to be Auctioned Live at Sotheby's and on Sothebys.com

--Celebrity auctioneer Liz Smith to host charity auction to benefit search and rescue canine teams--

American Kennel Club Chairman, Ron Menaker announced today that the American Kennel Club's DOGNY public art program sculptures will be auctioned live at Sotheby's on December 16th online at sothebys.com, all proceeds going to support America's search and rescue dog organizations.

Celebrity auctioneer Liz Smith will be joined by Sotheby's auctioneer, Benjamin Doller, for a live auction of 25 of the dog sculptures painted by artists in the New York area, including Naomi Leff, Robert Braun, Charles Fazzino, Robert Perless and Vera Wang. The remainder of the sculptures will be auctioned on Sothebys.com from December 7th to December 17th. All net proceeds will go to volunteer and professional search and rescue organizations throughout the United States through The American Kennel Club (AKC) Companion Animal Recovery Corporation Canine Support and Relief Fund, an established 501 (C)(3) charity.

Honorary Chairs for the event include Gov. George Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

"We are delighted that the auction of the DOGNY sculptures will be held at Sotheby's," said American Kennel Club President and CEO Alfred Cheauré. "We hope that through the auction that DOGNY will be able to donate a significant amount of money to help continue the valuable work that canine search and rescue teams provide."

"We are honored and delighted to assist The American Kennel Club in their efforts to raise critical funds for America's search and rescue dog organizations," remarked a Sotheby's spokesperson.