Pet Contest Winner Announced

Fans of 9-year-old Michael Jackson and his dog A.J. dominated the voting in the first Lexington Family Magazine Pet Photo Contest.

That earned Michael first-place and a $100 gift certificate to Animal Care Clinic, the contest sponsor.

Michael is a fourth grader-to-be at Maxwell Elementary and the son of Dara and Michael Jackson Sr. The younger Michael is a big-time animal lover, according to his mother.

Along with A.J., an 8-month-old Mini-Doberman, Michael has two turtles – D.J. and Sneaky.

“He loves animals and when I heard about the contest I asked him if he wanted to enter,” Dara said.

“Anytime he can do anything with pets, he’s very excited.”

He was even more excited when he learned that he had won.

“He actually kind of screamed, saying, “I can’t believe I won,’” Dara said.

The photo of Michael and D.J. earned 34.3% of the vote, followed by Heather Kinney and Nikki Hansen, who each received 14.3%.