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Inspired by crime dog and world-renowned campaign, McGruff the Crime Dog, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment (NMCP) has partnered with the Washington Humane Society (WHS) in the pursuit of America’s Next Top Dog: Canine Cop of the Year, a nationwide contest to identify a dog that best serves its community.
Entries for 2013 are now being accepted. The NMCP reports they are not necessarily seeking dogs who work with police and/or in security, but a dog that serves and protects in his or her own way. All submissions must be family friendly, and the Crime Museum is clear that they do not tolerate any type of animal cruelty. Dogs in dangerous or compromising situations will not be accepted.
Any dog whose owners are local to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and who are legal residents of the United States are eligible. Complete rules can be found on the NMCP’s website.
Janine Vaccarello, Chief Operating Officer of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, shared, “Since the museum opened in 2008, we’ve hosted several guest speakers related to animals in law enforcement. What these animals accomplish is amazing, it’s easy to understand why people feel more secure with a dog in their homes. This contest gives typical dog owners the chance to showcase how their dogs contribute to society, whether it’s something serious like a K9 police dog, or something a bit more tongue-in-cheek like patrolling the backyard for intruding cats.”
Submissions will begin being reviewed at 5 p.m. on January 2, 2013 and runs through March 22, 2013 at 5 p.m. On March 25, all photos will then be uploaded to the Crime Museum’s Facebook page and “LIKES” from all photos will be tallied through 3:00 p.m. on April 3, 2013. The winner will be revealed on April 5.
For more information and a complete outline of rules, contest form, and prizes, visit http://www.crimemuseum.org.

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