22 July 2008

Colorado Springs, CO Named DogTown USA

Dog Fancy, the world's most widely read dog magazine, has named Colorado Springs, Colorado, the 2008 winner of DogTown USA -- the national competition in which Dog Fancy readers nominate America's most dog-friendly city.

"Some cities clearly roll out the red carpet for dogs and their owners," says Susan Chaney, editor of Dog Fancy. "Each year, it's gratifying to read about so many organizations and individuals who work toward making their cities welcoming to dogs. We're very pleased to honor Colorado Springs this year, and congratulate it for avoiding legislation like that adopted by Denver which bans pit-bull-type dogs."

Runner-up cities include:
-- Huntington Beach, Calif.
-- Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
-- Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
-- Long Beach, Calif.

Each year, Dog Fancy calls for readers to submit nominations for what they believe to be America's most dog-friendly cities. The criteria used to select the winning city include plenty of dog-friendly open spaces and dog parks, events celebrating dogs and their owners, high vet-to-dog ratios, abundant pet supply and other services, and municipal laws that support and protect all pets.

Chaney will travel to Colorado Springs to present the city with the top honor. For the complete story on DogTown USA, pick up the September issue of Dog Fancy, on newsstands July 29, 2008.

[Source: marketwatch.com]