Mason District Supervisor Recognized for Dedication to Animals


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March 3 , 2005


Mason District Supervisor Recognized for Dedication to Animals

Fairfax Board of Supervisors Penelope A. Gross received the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Elected Official of the Year award during the COG Animal Services Awards ceremony. The COG Animal Services Award is the first of its kind in the country and honors animal service providers, businesses, elected officials, and volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the protection and care of animals.

“Through her leadership, guidance and continuing support for the COG Animal Services Committee, Penelope Gross has demonstrated to her constituents and those throughout the region the importance of animal issues and recognition of the common bond shared amongst animal folks,” said NBC-4 Consumer Reporter Liz Crenshaw who served as the mistress of ceremonies and accepted an award on behalf of NBC for its Washington Post Animal Watch section.

Since 2000, the COG Animal Services Committee has provided the animal services community an opportunity to meet on a regular basis to address mutual concerns on the protection and care of animals and related public safety and health concerns. COG has been instrumental in several important initiatives including a dangerous dog ordinance, animal disaster planning and the reduction of wildlife vehicle collisions.

Fairfax County Animal Services Division received awards for their outstanding performance in the Animal Rescue Story and Volunteer Team categories. “Just like the hard work and dedication that is shown throughout the region by our police officers, firefighters and other public safety officials, it is apparent to us that the people who work in the animal services community have dedicated themselves to the betterment of the animals and people who share our communities,” said Gross.

Founded in 1957, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is a regional organization of Washington area local governments. COG is composed of 19 local governments surrounding the District of Columbia, plus area members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. COG provides a focus for action and develops sound regional responses to such issues as the environment, affordable housing, economic development, health and family concerns, human services, population growth, public safety and transportation.

Full List of Award Winners

  • Administrative/Customer Team: Faye Logan and Adina Howard—Prince George’s CountyAnimal Welfare League
  • Adoption Team: Betty Bear, Claudia Prather, Khari Dixon, Feri Abendipour, Christine Johns, Kathy Schonley and Maureen McCabe—Frederick County Animal Control
  • Animal Care Technician Team: Eugene Hill—Washington Animal Rescue League
  • Animal Control Officers/Humane Officer Team: Ted Deppner—Washington Humane Society/District of Columbia Animal Shelter
  • Corporation: Law Firm of Covington and Burling—District of Columbia
  • Humane Education Team: Debra K. Duel—Washington Humane Society
  • Elected Official of the Year: Penelope Gross—Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Animal Rescue Story: Jennifer Roberts, Mary Zambrano and Andrew Sanderson—Fairfax County Animal Services Division
  • Veterinary Team: Dr. Peter Glassman and staff—Friendship Hospital for Animals
  • Volunteer Team: Mary O’Malley, Shizue “Susie” Cooper, Peter “Pete” Barnes, Nancy Fluhr, Jami Ojala and Michael “Mickey” Lasky—Fairfax County Animal Services Division
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Team: Chris Montouri, Polly Hoffman, Brittany Davis and Amber Vencion—Second Chance Wildlife Center
  • Media: Liz Crenshaw and NBC-4—Washington Post Animal Watch section

For more information, call 703-256-7717, TTY 711.

 

 

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