Pets take centre stage at Animal Star Awards in Portsmouth

Michaela Whybrow, 26, from Manic Stage Productions, at the launch
Michaela Whybrow, 26, from Manic Stage Productions, at the launch
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Furry friends took centre stage at the launch of the Animal Star Awards.

The ceremony aims to give recognition to animals that do extraordinary things for us humans and vice versa.

Gabrielle Head, 23, owner of Pooch Pamper Parlour in Waterlooville, with her dogs (l-r) Nemo a shihtzu cross and Minnie a toy poodle

Gabrielle Head, 23, owner of Pooch Pamper Parlour in Waterlooville, with her dogs (l-r) Nemo a shihtzu cross and Minnie a toy poodle

The Guildhall Portsmouth hosted the event and guests – human and animal – were warmly welcomed Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor David Fuller.

Anneka Svenska, owner of Green World TV and Angels for The Innocent, was one of the guests of honour.

Nominations open in November. Go to animalstarawards.com.

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Charlotte Corney from the Isle of Wight Zoo, Mary Burgess with her dog Gracie Lou, Dominic Dyer, chief executive of The Badger Trust and Anneka Svenska, owner of Green World TV and founder of the charity Angels for The Innocent

Charlotte Corney from the Isle of Wight Zoo, Mary Burgess with her dog Gracie Lou, Dominic Dyer, chief executive of The Badger Trust and Anneka Svenska, owner of Green World TV and founder of the charity Angels for The Innocent

The Animal Star Awards Launch at Portsmouth Guildhall

The Animal Star Awards Launch at Portsmouth Guildhall