Posted: June 6, 2013, 6:45 p.m. EDT
Conway, Ark., and Auburn, N.Y., are among 15 cities named finalists in PetSafe’s third annual Bark for Your Park contest.
The top vote-getter in the online competition will receive $100,000 toward the construction of a dog park. Four other communities will get $25,000 each for their dog park projects.
Voting ends July 26 at PetSafe.net and on PetSafe’s Facebook page.
PetSafe, a Knoxville, Tenn., manufacturer of pet safety, containment and behavior products, determined the finalists based on the number of daily online votes received during the nomination period and local support and space for a dog park project.
Finalist cities are required to submit a 30-second video explaining why they deserve to win a dog park, and each city whose video receives 1,000 views on YouTube will earn an additional 1,000 votes.
The 15 cities, divided into three groups by size, are:
Small: Brighton, Tenn.; Mountain House, Calif.; Pontiac, Ill.; Safford, Ariz.; Silver Cliff, Colo.
Medium: Auburn, N.Y.; Mason City, Iowa; Oxford, Ala.; West Columbia, S.C.; Wheeling, W.Va.
Large: Conway, Ark.; Corpus Christi, Texas; East Hartford, Conn.; New Braunfels, Texas; Texarkana, Texas.
Texarkana is a neighbor of the 2012 grand-prize winner, Texarkana
Previous winners are not eligible to re-enter the contest, but Texarkana, Texas, is eligible because it is in a different state, according to the official rules.
As of Thursday, the overall top dog is Wheeling, W.Va., with 1,895 votes. The leader in the Bark From Your Heart category—the most votes per-capita—is Brighton, Tenn.
If Wheeling maintains the overall lead, the $25,000 medium-city award would go to the second-best vote-getter in the group.
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