America’s Next Top Dog

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The Middle Township Animal Advisory Board is searching for a new Top Dog for 2017. A canine victor will represent the Board on their website and Facebook page, in addition to various fliers and signs throughout the upcoming year. The reigning Top Dog will receive a 2017 license and a basket full of savory treats.

Cape May county residents may nominate their dogs through Dawn Stimmel by emailing a single photo of their pet to by December 15th. Entries should contain the pet’s and owner’s names, address, and phone number. All dogs must be altered and have a current rabies vaccination and license to be eligible.

On December 15th, submissions will be posted to the Middle Township Animal Advisory Board Facebook page (@MTAnimalAdvisoryBoard), where public polling will commence until December 25th. The Top Dog of 2017 will be announced, December 28th, followed by a Committee meeting in January where the license and gift basket will be awarded.

The contest promotes safety for canines and caregivers, says Board member, Tim Donahue. Rabies vaccinations and licensing can help lost pets get back to home, if they happen to get sheltered. Top Dog serves as a reminder to protect our animals. Funding from licenses also returns to Cape May through free vaccination programs for rabies and support for emergency services.

“In addition to organizing the annual Top Dog contest, Middle Township’s Animal Advisory Board works hard every day to impart valuable information about safety, wellness, and responsible pet ownership to the residents of our community,” said Mayor Michael Clark. “The Board’s efforts to make life better for animals and their caretakers throughout Middle Township are truly commendable.”

The Middle Township Animal Advisory Board is accepting ideas from community members on noise pollution from barking and clean up after pets, as they amend the township code for animals. Locals can share their thoughts by commenting on the Board’s website ( or by contacting Dawn Stimmel at

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