The American Kennel Club (AKC) honored Georgia Representative David Knight on May 19 with an AKC Legislator of the Year award.
The award was presented by Gail LaBerge, AKC Delegate and President of the Georgia Canine Coalition. Knight was accompanied by his son, John David. Members of the Griffin Kennel Club and Police Officer Jordan with his dog, Jake, were also on hand to congratulate Rep. Knight for this honor.
“It’s an honor to be recognized once again as Legislator of the Year by the American Kennel Club. I care deeply about the issue of responsible dog ownership in our communities. Our local dog clubs, such as the Griffin Kennel Club, are a great resource for all dog owners,” stated Rep. Knight
The Griffin Kennel Club’s community service activities have included donating the canine bulletproof vest worn by K9 Jake, and donating and raising funds for the AKC Reunite Disaster Relief trailer (pictured) which can be deployed to provide emergency shelter for pets in the case of a disaster such as a hurricane. AKC Reunite, the Dog Judges Association of America and American Whippet Club also contributed to the gift of the trailer.
“Representative Knight has been a leader in advocating for policies that promote responsible dog ownership, support the rights of responsible dog owners, oppose arbitrary limit laws and breed-specific bans, and protect the wellbeing of all dogs”, said Sheila Goffe, AKC Vice President, Government
Relations. “He has demonstrated a strong dedication to the care and welfare of animals and promoting responsible dog ownership throughout his tenure.”
Representative Knight is an enthusiastic sportsman and the proud owners of an AKC field champion Vizsla and an English Cocker Spaniel.
Representative Knight previously received the award in 2015.