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20110215_HA_sutterlick.JPG"First dog" Sutter Brown might soon have some competition as the Capitol's best-known pet.

The Humane Society of the United States is seeking pics of cute feathered and furry Capitol denizens for its first-ever California Legislative Pet Photo Contest.

The contest, which is open to state legislators, legislative staff and "third house" members, is meant to "recognize their most loyal of all constituents, their animal companions whose unconditional love helps relieve the stress of governing our country's largest state," HSUS Senior State Director for California Jennifer Fearing said in a statement.

Categories will include "Most Adorable Dog, Most Adorable Cat, and Most Adorable Furry or Feathered Friend," according to a release.

The winners will be picked by the Bee's own Cynthia Hubert and Sacramento SPCA Executive Director Rick Johnson. The Humane Society has asked Sutter, the corgi now under Brown's watch, to join the judges panel.

Submissions will be accepted at this link until March 31.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sutter Brown on the Capitol steps on Feb. 15, 2011, the day first lady Anne Gust Brown announced that she and Gov. Jerry Brown will continue caring for the dog, which belongs to his sister. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.


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