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John and Charlie at the Dogs Trust Honours

John with Charlie, Captain Jack and Harris

10 July 2012: PetNet have announced that John has been crowned the UK's top Celebrity Dog Owner 2012 in the inaugural PetNet Celebrity Pet Owner Awards 2012.

PetNet's press release said:

Today it was announced that entertainer John Barrowman and 60s model Celia Hammond are winners of the first ever PetNet Celebrity Pet Owner of the Year Awards 2012, following a frenzy of voting over the past four weeks at PetNet.

Despite fierce competition from Alesha Dixon and Paul O'Grady, John Barrowman was a clear winner in the Celebrity Dog Owner of the Year category with fans flooding to the website to show support for him and his pooches Harris, Charlie and Captain Jack. Barrowman said "I'm delighted to receive this Award. My dogs play such an important role in my life and I am proud to promote responsible ownership. I will be donating my prize money to Dogs Trust. As their patron, I understand how incredibly hard they work to find new homes for stray and abandoned dogs."

During the campaign, one of his fans summed it up by saying: "Not only does John look after his own three adorable dogs he also helps dogs at Dogs Trust and does a lot for dogs more than anyone will know. If anyone deserves to win this John does."

Celia Hammond won the Celebrity Cat Owner Award.

Lisa Robb, head of digital at PetNet, the busiest community for dog and cat owners, said: "We are delighted that John Barrowman and Celia Hammond have won our first PetNet Celebrity Pet Owner Awards. From an original list of 82 nominees, 12 celebrities were shortlisted by our expert panel of judges and the overwhelming support of their fans has resulted in two very deserving winners. We are delighted that Dogs Trust and the Celia Hammond Animal Trust will receive £2000 each plus a photoshoot thanks to Venture Photography."

The PetNet Celebrity Pet Owner of the Year Awards aim to reward celebrity dog and cat owners who have communicated the importance of responsible pet ownership through their involvement with animals and the media. For more information on winners, finalists and judges please see Celebrity Pet Owner