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DOGNY: America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs

AKC Unveils Four DOGNY Dogs on NBC's Today Show

The American Kennel Club today announced the unveiling of four dogs from its DOGNY public art project on NBC's Today Show with Matt Lauer on Friday. AKC spokesperson David Frei appeared on the morning show to introduce four of the artists and their newly-designed dogs.

Artists displaying their work included Cecelia Holmes (sculpture sponsored by The Iams Company), Charles Fazzino (sponsored by Mickey and Linda Low), Roy Rivera (sponsored by the Hartz Mountain Corp.), Lucia Yee Lupitz (sponsored by Polo Ralph Lauren).

Earlier Friday, Frei also appeared on NBC's Today in New York, along with artist Rob Burns, to discuss Burns' creative vision and display his artwork (sponsored by The Iams Company and A&P).

"We are pleased with the tremendous response to the DOGNY public art project," said Al Cheauré, president and CEO, AKC. "We hope in the weeks to come, as statues are unveiled around the city, that additional sponsors, such as Iams, Hartz and FedEx, will participate in this exciting and important initiative."

These sculptures, as well as more than one hundred other dogs, will be on display in New York City through November, marking the one-year anniversary of September 11th, before being sold at auction in December at Sotheby's and on Sotheby's.com. All net proceeds to go to volunteer and professional Search and Rescue organizations across the United States through The American Kennel Club (AKC) Companion Animal Recovery Corporation Canine Support and Relief Fund, an established 501 (C)(3) charity.