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AKC Honors Fancier John Fredericks with a Community Achievement Award

(Thursday, June 16, 2005)

New York, NY — The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced today that John Fredericks, meteorologist at KVBC Channel 3 in Las Vegas and Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club member, has been named a recipient of the AKC Community Achievement Award for his public education efforts throughout the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Fredericks was one of two honorees this quarter – Patte Klecan, Legislative Liaison for the Rio Grande 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.

Fredericks works as a meteorologist at the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, but he delivers more than just the weather. He draws on his loyal Labrador Retriever, Jordan, to help him with forecasts, and together they educate viewers on responsible pet ownership. Often broadcasting from key locations such as dog shows and club events, together, this human/canine team lends their support to area dog clubs, rescue organizations and animal shelters. Fredericks also created a "Lost and Found Pets" page for the KVBC Channel 3 Web site that lists area shelters, animal societies and rescue units.

"John has done an extraordinary job of blending his profession as a TV personality with his passion for dogs," said Noreen Baxter, AKC's VP of Communications. "His contributions to the Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club make John a valuable asset to dog fanciers. We are proud to recognize John's hard work by honoring him with the AKC Community Achievement Award."

Nominations for the AKC Community Achievement Awards are accepted year-round. Up to three honorees are named each quarter. They receive a certificate and a $1,000 check payable to the club or federation's public education and canine legislation efforts. To nominate a club, visit www.akc.org/public_education/community_achievement.cfm.