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DOGNY: America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs

New York City Fire Commissioner, Firefighters Unveil Fire Truck DOGNY Sculpture at FAO Schwarz/Trump Plaza

New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and some of his NYC firefighters unveiled a specially designed fire truck DOGNY sculpture on Wednesday, September 18th at the General Motors Building at Trump International Plaza.

The colorfully decorated canine sculpture, "Ladder Company K-9" was designed by artist Paul Farinacci, a professional artist, who incorporated parts from a real toy fire engine from his childhood (e.g., tires, ladder) for his design. Ladder Company K-9 is just one of the more then 20 sculptures sponsored by The Iams Company.

This sculpture was the latest of more than 100 DOGNY sculptures that are currently being put on display throughout the city of New York by the AKC. They will remain on display through November, and will then be 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 throughout the United States through The American Kennel Club (AKC) Companion Animal Recovery Corporation Canine Support and Relief Fund, an established 501 (C)(3) charity.

Fireman Ken Rogers, center, offers a friendly pat on the head of "Ladder Company K-9", a DOGNY sculpture, after it was unveiled by New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, far right, in Manhattan on Wednesday, September 18. Also on hand for the unveiling were (from right, next to Commissioner Scoppetta) were artist Paul Farinacci; David Frei, AKC/DOGNY spokesperson; and Dennis Sprung, AKC Vice President for Corporate Relations. The colorfully decorated canine sculpture is sponsored by the Iams Company and is among more than 100 DOGNY sculptures currently on display throughout New York City.
Firemen from Engine Company 39 Ladder 16 pause to look at a DOGNY sculpture called "Ladder Company K-9" after it was unveiled by New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta in Manhattan on Wednesday, September 18. The statue is sponsored by the Iams Company.