Victoria Takes Part in the 2014 Hero Dog Awards

Victoria with American Humane President and CEO Robin Ganzert at last year's awards show.

Victoria with American Humane President and CEO Robin Ganzert at last year's awards show.

Victoria will be a featured presenter at the fourth annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. The awards show takes place Saturday, September 27th in Hollywood, CA, and will be airing nationwide on the Hallmark Channel on October 30th.

As the lead judge for the Hero Dog Awards, Victoria will help make the final call on who will be the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog. With the help of the public's votes, the finalists have been narrowed down to eight dogs and their handlers.

The dogs competing for the honor of Hero Dog include therapy dogs, police dogs, service dogs, arson dogs, and more. They are coming from all over the country to be honored for their valuable work that has changed the lives of people in their communities.

The panel of judges helping Victoria select the 2014 Hero Dog include country superstar Naomi Judd, philanthropists and animal advocates Philippe and Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, “The Bachelor” Prince Lorenzo Borghese, “True Blood” star Kristin Bauer van Straten, actress Christie Brooke, “Tough Love Miami” star Leilani Dowding, “Saving Mr. Banks” actress Victoria Summer, actress and animal advocate Alison Eastwood, actress Emmanuelle Vaugier, supermodel Joanna Krupa, NASCAR driver Blake Koch, actor Lou Wegner, singer Shara Strand, Hollywood talent manager Joanne Horowitz, businesswoman and philanthropist Paige Dunham, and 2011’s Law Enforcement/Arson Dog Category winner Sadie and Jerry Means, along with Lisa Vanderpump and Bailee Madison.

Last year's winner, Elle.

Last year's winner, Elle.

Other featured presenters for the evening include “America’s Veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker, Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin, “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette, television and movie star Billy Baldwin, “Desperate Housewives” star James Denton, “Nashville” star Charlotte Ross, and more to be announced soon.

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