ANIMALS GIVEN PATSY AWARDS
Folsom, a white German shepherd who had a role in Columbia Pictures’ “Body Double,” was one of four animals named top stars of the year in the 31st annual Patsy Awards.
The awards, sponsored by Kal Kan pet foods and the American Humane Assn., honor animal trainers for their humane treatment of animals in the entertainment industry. They were presented Saturday at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.
Silver from ABC’s now canceled “Yellow Rose” series won the equine award and R. J., an orangutan, who starred in the film, “Goin’ Bananas,” won the wild animal award.
The special award for human-animal bond went to producer Kent McCray and trainer Gary Gero for their work with Sneakers, a 2-month-old collie-Samoyed, who starred as the puppy that coaxed an old woman out of her room in the pilot episode of NBC’s “Highway to Heaven.”