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Local dog named semifinalist in 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

K-9 Cody is competing for the title of top Law Enforcement dog through the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the American Humane Hero Dog Awards' website)
K-9 Cody is competing for the title of top Law Enforcement Dog through the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the American Humane Hero Dog Awards’ website)

Cody, a bomb-sniffing dog from Newport News, could win Law Enforcement Dog of the Year.

The 8-year-old pup is competing against two other dogs in the same category: Denny, from Lindenhurst, New York and Axel from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The annual event has seven categories for the award show this year: Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs, Military Dogs; Law Enforcement Dogs, Shelter Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs and Guide/Hearing Dogs, according to the news release.

In addition, the 21 dogs remaining were selected out of 408 initial candidates and the winner of each category appears on the Hero Dog Awards in the fall. Voting ends July 16. You can vote for Cody here.

Cody’s handler, James Overton, of American K-9 Interdiction, said in a prepared statement that Cody started in explosives detection in Iraq before continuing her career at the Mall of America and was transferred to Newport News working at Busch Gardens, LPGA tours and other events.

Cody also helps local agencies with bomb threats, visits schools and loves ear scratches.

Overton wrote one time while Cody was working at an amusement park when a girl around 8 years old waiting in line for a ride was bit in the leg by a service dog.

“When Cody saw the little girl, she immediately walked over, licked the girl’s hand and then laid at her feet,” Overton wrote. “Almost immediately, the little girl stopped crying, and was soon smiling, thanks to Cody.”

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards will be broadcast nationwide on the Hallmark Channel in the fall. For more information about the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, and to vote daily, visit organization’s website.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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