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American Kennel Club Presents Legislator of the Year Award to Assemblyman Russo

(Wednesday, December 24, 2014)

Trenton, NJ – The American Kennel Club (AKC) was honored to present New Jersey State Assemblyman David Russo with the "AKC Legislator of the Year" award. Assemblyman Russo has earned this distinction for his strong advocacy of responsible dog ownership and the rights of dog owners.

"I was greatly honored to receive this award and look forward to working with the AKC on other legislative initiatives in the future," Rep. Russo said.

The New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs (NJFDC) presented Assemblyman Russo with the award on December 18 at the State House in Trenton, New Jersey.

"He has supported many local initiatives while working with the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs to improve the lives of both pets and their owners," states Jeffrey Ball, President of NJFDC. "We are proud to honor him and grateful for his leadership in the New Jersey legislature."

Assemblyman Russo remains a steadfast, selfless advocate for and supporter of The Seeing Eye dog program in New Jersey, which trains service dogs for blind or visually impaired individuals of all ages. This year, Rep. Russo supported legislation that exempts service guide dogs from license and registration requirements, allowing The Seeing Eye vaccination schedule to be observed consistently across all incoming program dogs, while avoiding unnecessary over-vaccination

"The American Kennel Club was honored to present Assemblyman Russo with the AKC Legislator of the Year Award," AKC Director of Government Relations Sheila Goffe said. "Assemblyman Russo deserves this award for his strong support of responsible dog ownership and his dedication to service dog programs. The work he’s doing in the statehouse is very important to canine owners in New Jersey; we congratulate him on this honor."

 

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