Las Vegas Ice Skating Dog Benny Wins Kennel Club Award
David Becker / Las Vegas Press Office
Friday December 3, 2021 | 6:25 p.m.
A skating dog familiar to Vegas Golden Knights fans is acclaimed by the American Kennel Club for its role as a pet to disabled children.
T-Mobile Arena hockey fans know “Benny” for his on-ice skills with his custom skates and hockey stick.
Benny won the “Exemplary Companion” award for his skating roles with children with autism and other developmental disabilities as part of the Spectrum On Ice program.
Benny also skateboards and shows off other tips during his visits to Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas nonprofit that provides vocational training, employment, and social recreation for people with intellectual disabilities and related.
Del Sangro is a retired professional figure skater. She adopted Benny from an animal shelter in Salt Lake City.
Another Labrador retriever, from North Wales, Pa., Won the Assistance Dog category.
A retired Police German Shepherd named “K-9 Mattis” led by Sergeant Mark Tappan of Alpharetta, Ga., Won the K-9 Uniform Service Title.
Therapy Dog went to a Bernese Mountain Dog named Teddy in Attleboro, Massachusetts and the Search and Rescue Award went to a Belgian Malinois named “Magnus Ares” in Miami.