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From puppy mill to Pet Idol winner: Maddie, adorable Shih Tzu, tops T&D 2020 contest

September 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

An energetic -- and entertaining -- dog who was nursed back to health after being rescued from a puppy mill and is now enjoying a pampered life under the care

This year's Pet Idol contest winner is Maddie, a 5-year-old shih tzu.

An energetic -- and entertaining -- dog who was nursed back to health after being rescued from a puppy mill and is now enjoying a pampered life under the care of new doting owners has been tapped as the winner of the 2020 Pet Idol contest. Maddie, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu, is the 2020 Pet Idol.

We really wanted her to win," Prince said. The 2020 contest included four new categories: Cutest Kids and Pet Photo, Funniest Pet Photo, Most Unique Pet Photo and Most Entertaining Pet Video. In addition to her Pet Idol win, Maddie also came out on top in the Most Entertaining Pet Video. Prince recalled Maddie's history of survival and resilience after being rescued from a puppy mill. "She was in a puppy mill that Valiant Animal Rescue broke up over in the Florence area.

She takes all of her toys, puts them in one place and then lays on top of them," Prince said. The loving pet owner said she appreciated the fact that all proceeds from all contests this year went toward funding The T&D's Newspapers in Education program, which provides electronic newspapers and resources to schools at no charge.

The contest touches on two very important things to my heart," Prince said. "I'd also just like to congratulate the other finalists, even the other entrants, because I think that there were a lot of really cute pets," Prince said. She loves Maddie, but hopes her Pet Idol win doesn't go to her pet's head and be used as an excuse for more milk bones. "Yeah, she'll absolutely throw that up in my face, but she is my fur baby.

The four Pet Idol finalists included: Trixie, a hound mix owned by Samantha Grant; Patch, a Shih Tzu mix owned by Annabelle Bolen; Missy, a domestic cat owned by Katie Diamond; and Jax, a Boykin Spaniel owned by Pamela Rivers. Most Entertaining Pet Video2020 Pet Idol winner Maddie also came out on top in the The Times and Democrat's Most Entertaining Pet Video contest. Her owner, Jen Prince of Orangeburg, said she was excited about the win. "This year I really liked the addition of the four extra contests.

I thought that was a really nice addition," Prince said. The video featured Maddie playing with one of her many toys. "She likes to get one of her toys and squeak it.

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