September 06, 2011 11:22 ET

MSPCA-Angell Unveils Law Enforcement and Service Dog "Vanguard" for the Walk for Animals

Winner of the MSPCA-Angell/ "Leader of the Pack" Contest Will Serve as Grand Marshall

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Sep 6, 2011) - The MSPCA-Angell today unveiled the special contingent of law enforcement and service dogs that will walk at the head of the parade during the annual Walk for Animals, which will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Walking at the front of the Boston parade will be a number of dogs from the Boston Police Department, Wellesley Animal Control and a myriad of other service dogs who enable their disabled human companions to live normal lives.

Joining the service dog vanguard will be the winner of the MSPCA-Angell/ "Leader of the Pack" contest. The winning dog will serve as Grand Marshall and will be selected from entries submitted by pet owners via the official entry page.

The annual Walk for Animals, a cornerstone of the MSPCA-Angell's community relations and fundraising efforts, takes place on the Boston Common on Sunday, September 11 at 11:00 a.m. For full details and to register for any of the walks please click here.

Boston Police Department's K-9 Unit: Keeping us Safe Every Day
The Boston Police Department's special operations K-9 unit will participate in the Walk as well as in pre- and post-Walk demonstrations in which attendees can see first-hand how masterfully trained these dogs really are. Boston Police Sgt. Frank Flynn will wow the crowd by putting a special ordinance tracking dog through its paces -- hiding a fake ordinance among the crowd for the dog to find. Sgt. Flynn leads the Boston Police Department K-9 unit, which consists of 20 dogs and their respective handlers, including nine Patrol/Narcotics teams, one Patrol/Ballistic Detection team and 10 EOD/Ballistic Detection teams.

Wellesley Animal Control Takes Center Stage
Joining the Boston Police Department's K-9 will be Wellesley Animal Control. Led by Director Sue Webb, the Wellesley Animal Control department works tirelessly to protect stray, injured, abused and unwanted animals.

"Ask an Angell Vet," Contests, Food, Prizes and More!
Drs. Susan O'Bell and Joel Kaye of Angell Animal Medical Center will be on-site throughout the day for walkers and visitors alike to ask pet health-related questions. For regular readers of the "Ask an Angell Vet" online community, this is a unique opportunity to ask questions of the vets behind the popular forum.

The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit

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