Knoxville Fire Department canine up for national award

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- State Farm® is sponsoring the American Humane Association (AHA) Hero Dog Awards. This annual award recognizes the significance of the human-animal bond and celebrates the accomplishments that canines do in our everyday lives.

Through online public and celebrity voting, an overall 2014 AHA Hero Dog of the Year is chosen and announced during an awards gala held in Beverly Hills, CA.

State Farm is sponsoring the Arson Dog category and we have eighteen teams entered in the category. All eighteen teams have been trained through the State Farm Arson Dog Program.

State Farm has been funding the acquisition and training of arson detection canine teams – arson dogs – since 1993. Over the past two decades more than 325 teams have been placed across North America. At this time there are 80 active teams in the U.S. and Canada.

One of the contestants is a local working dog from the Knoxville Fire Department named Bailey.

She actually sniffs out ignitable liquids used in an arson case and the point where the fire started.

You have the chance to vote and help Bailey win a spot on an Animal Planet show along with awards and recognition for the Knoxville Fire Department.

Between March 7, 2014 and June 6, 2014, voters over the age of 18 who reside in the U.S. may vote online at the AHA Hero Dog Awards website. Voters can place a vote for eight dogs every day, one for each category.

The three dogs in each category that receive the most votes are identified as semi-finalists and move on to the 2nd voting round.

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