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Surgeon to head Westminster panel

Dr. Robert A. Indeglia, a cardiac surgeon and longtime participant in the world of purebred dogs, has been selected to judge Best In Show at the 131st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 12-13, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the club announced this week.

Dr. Indeglia is a native of Rhode Island and lives in Narragansett. He is senior surgeon and chief of cardiac surgery at The Miriam Hospital, a teaching institution of Brown University. Growing up, he showed his family’s Cockers, and in 1960 became involved with Norwegian Elkhounds. He has bred or owned 50 champions, and has served as president for the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America. He began judging in 1971 and has judged seven times previously at Westminster, including the Hound Group in 1996 and the Non-Sporting Group in 2003.

Dr. Indeglia heads a panel of 35 judges from 14 states, Canada and England. Group judges will be Mrs. Jeannette McGinnis of Upland, CA (Sporting); Mr. Michael J. Dougherty, of La Mesa, CA (Hound); Ms. Jean Fournier of Calhoun, GA (Working); Mrs. James Edward Clark of Greenwood, DE (Terrier); Mr. R. William Taylor of Havelock, Quebec, Canada (Toy); Mr. Richard L. Bauer of Fort Lauderdale, FL (Non-Sporting); and Mr. Eric J. Ringle of Fort Lauderdale, FL (Herding). Mr. Nicholas P. Urbanek of Glenshaw, PA will judge the Junior Showmanship Finals.

There are 165 breeds and varieties eligible for competition. For the complete panel, including breed judges, log on to www.westminsterkennelclub.org

The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organisation dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all breed, benched dog show held every year at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The show is America’s second longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby.