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Dog rejected as cash drawing winner

4/20/2005

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — A gasoline station owner is trying to smooth some ruffled fur over the winner of a cash drawing.

The name on the winning entry, "Mr. Jengels," turned out to be that of a dog owned by Kevin Strybos, who said he used the name of his miniature dachsund-pinscher cross to avoid telemarketers.

Gas station owner Mike Paz said the dog couldn't cash a check and refused to give the $410 to Strybos, who had claimed the winnings.

On Friday, Paz said he would give the money to the local animal shelter run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and offered to hang a portrait of Mr. Jengels on a wall with other cash winners.

Strybos said he appreciated the donation but added, "I don't know if it really changes too much the way I feel about the whole situation."