With a tie for 10th place in the votes, we ended up with 11 in our Top 10 in the contest that ran June 28 through July 14. The winners were chosen by a panel of Columbian pet lovers. Husky puppy Neeko took first place and Molly came in second.
The votes are in. The committee has spoken. And purebred husky Neeko is the winner of The Columbian's Cutest Pets Photo Contest.
Neeko was 7 weeks old when the photo was taken and just celebrated his first birthday this week with owners Kenny and Nalani Murphy. The Washougal residents adopted Neeko from a Vancouver pet store.
The Murphys and Neeko get to share the first prize of gift certificates from All Natural Pet Supply and Tails R Waggin' Doggy Day Care.
Theresa and Thomas Lemke and their dog, Molly, took second place in the contest. Theresa Lemke, a TriMet bus driver, adopted Molly after she was abandoned at a bus stop and picked up by another driver. The Vancouver couple have had Molly for about four years and think she is about 5 years old.
Their prize is a gift certificate from the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.