Meet the country’s most heroic canine, a Chihuahua that weighs only 4 pounds
MacKenzie was presented the award at the annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards hosted by Carson Kressley on the Hallmark Channel last week. After deliberations from a panel of celebrity animal lovers and more than 1 million votes cast by the American public, MacKenzie was crowned the winner.
“The American Humane Hero Dog Awards were created to honor some of the world’s most extraordinary heroes,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “These heroic canines have gone above and beyond the call of duty… reminding us of the powerful, age-old bond between animals and people.”
MacKenzie was born in Hilton, New York, with a cleft palate and spent the first year of her life being fed through a tube and battling several bouts of pneumonia.
Her official job is “to provide love and care for baby rescue animals born with birth defects,” according to American Humane.
“MacKenzie takes an interest in each baby (animal) from day one … she plays nurse and cleans, comforts, and cuddles them,” the release says. “She acts as their mother and teaches them how to socialize, play, and have good manners.”
As if this wasn’t enough, MacKenzie also works with children at schools, teaching them to be open-minded toward animals and people with physical differences.
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