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New York, NY – The American Kennel Club® announced recently that the Lyons Township Dog Training Club (LTDTC) of Lyons Township, Illinois has been named a recipient of the AKC® Community Achievement Award for its longtime dedication to educating the public about the responsibilities of dog ownership. The LTDTC received one of three awards for the third quarter of 2008– Linda D. Witouski of Myrtle Beach Kennel Club and Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club 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.

Celebrating 60 years of service to its community, the Lyons Township Dog Training Club provides obedience, tracking, agility, rally and conformation classes to residents of Chicago’s western suburbs. The club also hosts AKC Canine Good Citizen® testing, AKC trials and fun matches. The LTDTC sponsors Ben’s Friends, a therapy-dog group that pays regular visits to libraries and three nursing homes. The club’s annual fund-raisers support its “Vest A Dog” program, which has supplied bulletproof vests for five of the area’s police dogs.

“It is clear that the Lyons Township Dog Training Club is full of hardworking members who appreciate the importance of providing their community with the tools to be responsible dog owners,” said Noreen Baxter, AKC’s VP of Communications. “AKC is proud to recognize the club and its members for their hard work and dedication to the dog loving community.”

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, visit