Huntington wins Pet Safe Dog Park Contest

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Huntington wins Pet Safe Dog Park Contest

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN)  - The city's four legged best friends celebrated with their humans during Friday’s Tail Waggin’ party at Heritage Station celebrating the city’s $100,000 first place win in the Pet Safe Dog Park competition.

PetSafe president /CEO, Randy Boyd, in a written release stated, “Congratulations to the Huntington community. You really barked for your park and rallied together to make this achievement possible. PetSafe is thrilled to present you with the $100,000 to make your dog park dreams a reality”

“You really barked for your park and rallied together to make this achievement possible for your town. We look forward to presenting your community with the $100,000 to make your dog park dreams a reality, and we look forward to seeing the impact a dog park makes on Huntington for pets and pet parents alike”

Robin Hawn, senior brand manager, along with Laura Potts, digital marketing director, attended the Friday afternoon Tail Waggin’ party at Heritage Station coordinating their appearance with the on-line statement by Randy Boyd, President /CEO.

Hawn , a first time visitor to the city, told HNN, “I love it. There’s no place I’d rather be,” stressing her the sincerity of her statement based on her few hours in the city. She indicated that the coordinated efforts of the city, including media involvement, netted 87,000 votes for Huntington, which equaled about one-third of the total votes cast nationally.

Construction of the dog park will begin this fall in the Lion’s Den section of Ritter Park.

The Tail Waggin’ event had been scheduled prior to the word on the city’s win. The Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation Commission scheduled the event as a way of saying ‘thanks’ to those who came together , showed support and voted… win or lose the city had placed in the nation’s top 15 and had traded first and second place with Lynchburg, Va. in the early rounds.

Boyd’s statement added, “We could not be more proud or more thrilled. This is an incredible victory for Huntington not only because we won $100,000 but because of how we rallied together as a community. We’re so grateful to PetSafe for providing us with this opportunity and the funding we needed. A dog park will serve as a place for community members to gather and meet their neighbors, a place for pets to exercise and socialize and a place that Huntington will be proud of for years to come.”

HNN will have a Chris Spencer photo gallery of the Tail Waggin’ event Sunday.

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