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The American Kennel Club® announced today that Edward Peterson of Middlesex, Vt. has been named a recipient of the AKC® Community Achievement Awards for his dedication to preserving the rights of responsible dog owners. Peterson serves as spokesperson for the Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs. Peterson received one of three awards this quarter – Holly Stump of Ipswitch, Mass. and Donna and Bill Welty of Vienna, N.J., also received recognition.

The AKC Community Achievement Awards support and recognize outstanding public education and legislation efforts of AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations and their members. The AKC selects award recipients who promote purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership within their communities or who have successfully introduced, monitored and responded to legislative issues affecting dog ownership.

"With Ed's leadership, we prevented two poor bills from becoming law," wrote George Sexton of the Woodstock Dog Club, who nominated Peterson for the Community Achievement Award.

"Ed's devotion to defending the rights of responsible dog owners is commendable," said Noreen Baxter, AKC's VP of Communications. "He has successfully represented his fellow dog fanciers and worked with lawmakers to prevent the passage of harmful legislation. The American Kennel Club congratulates Ed on a job well done."

Nominations for the AKC Community Achievement Awards are accepted year-round. Up to three honorees are named each quarter. They receive a certificate of appreciation and a $1,000 check payable to the club or federation's public education and canine legislation efforts. To nominate a club, please visit the Community Achievement Award section of our website.