American Humane Association

The 2019 Hero Dog Awards seek to recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of seven categories:  Service Dog, Shelter Dog, Therapy Dog, Military Dog, Law Enforcement/Arson Dog, Search and Rescue Dog, Guide/Hearing Dog. 

Interacting with an animal can be very theraputic for humans. While other animals, such as horses and cats can be great therapy animals, dogs really excel in helping humans who are going through a difficult or troubling time. A certified Therapy Dog can make a significant contribution to many treatment programs.

Dogs began helping our military forces as early as World War I, but it wasn't until World War II that the Army established its first K-9 Corps. They serve as scouts, detection specialists for explosives, and assist on guard duty to protect US service men and women around the world. Nowadays, dogs have their own military service records and can be awarded commendations for outstanding service. It is not possible to count the number of lives military dogs have saved, sometimes at the extreme cost of their own. The Military Dog category seeks to recognize the dedication and valor of these extraordinary animals.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Birmingham psychologist has admitted to trying to defraud Medicaid by billing for counseling services that were never provided, state and federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Sharon Waltz has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud Medicaid of at least $1.5 million, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town announced. Waltz also agreed to pay restitution to Medicaid in the amount of $1.5 million, they said.

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama high school's senior class president who was involved in a collision with a school bus has died.

News outlets report 17-year-old Christopher Rogers died Tuesday afternoon. He had attended Central High School in Phenix City.

Phenix City police said the accident happened Friday when Rogers was headed south on Highway 165 and the bus turned onto the highway. Three students, one monitor and a driver were on the bus. Police Capt. Darryl Williams says no one on the bus was injured, but the occupants were taken to a hospital as a precaution.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced an Opelika woman to prison for embezzling more than $600,000 from volunteer fire departments in Alabama.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said Wednesday that a judge sentenced 63-year-old Andrea Payne to 42 months for wire fraud.

Town's office says Payne served as the treasurer of the Talladega County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments between 2012 and 2018, and was responsible for distributing tax revenue to 15 volunteer fire departments. Prosecutors said she used some of the money to pay her credit card bills.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A prosecutor wants to know why a University of Alabama fan who pleaded guilty to poisoning landmark oak trees at Auburn University isn't making court-ordered restitution payments.

Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes tells WRBL-TV that Harvey Updyke is being ordered to appear in court Oct. 30 to explain himself.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Birmingham police officer is charged with assaulting a female prisoner.

Authorities say 25-year-old Stephon Green of Bessemer was arrested Wednesday on a second-degree assault charge.

Police say Green was taking a female prisoner to a hospital on Aug. 1 when she sustained serious injuries to her face.

The officer was placed on administrative duties after supervisors learned the woman was hurt during an altercation while she was in Green's custody.

The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking a new site for a veterans nursing home.

Belinda Bazinet is the ADVA’s public information specialist.

“Veterans can always apply to the other homes. Of course that puts a burden on their loved ones because if someone who is in that area gets accepted and moves up to where they can get into one of the other homes, their loved ones might have to drive two hours to four hours to visit,” Bazinet said.

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