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Dog show benefits Canine Health Foundation

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A major funder in the fight against canine diseases received a $263,000 boost from the Nestle Purina PetCare Company at the International Kennel Club of Chicago’s annual dog show.

The Raleigh-based AKC Canine Health Foundation focuses on non-invasive genetic health research for dogs and also acts as a major funder for the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

Proceeds from the event were presented to the Foundation as part of the Purina Parent Club Partnership Program, which requires that half of each club’s earnings go toward the Foundation.

Now in its fifth year, the partnership has generated a total of $1.7 million to aid the Foundation in its efforts to map the canine genome and fight against canine diseases like cancer and epilepsy.

The Canine Health Foundation also received a portion of the PETCO Foundation’s 2006 annual giving, which totaled $2.7 million for 4,000 animal organizations.

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