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In Touch Weekly Announces the 2005 Hollywood Pet Award Winners; Pamela Anderson's Pooch Takes Top Honor with Best Pet While Nicollette Sheridan's Furry Friend Comes in a Close Second with Honorable Mention.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. -- In Touch Weekly, the fastest growing celebrity news magazine in the country, today announced the winners for its 2005 Hollywood Pet Awards.

And the winners are:

--Best pet: Pamela Anderson's dog Luca Pizzaroni Pasquini -- Our readers make no bones about Pamela's charming Chihuahua being top dog

--Honorable mention: Nicollette Sheridan's dog Fatty -- Nicollette's pride and joy has nothing to bark about, trotting off with honorable mention

--Best-groomed pet: Eva Longoria's dog Jinxy -- Eva will stop at nothing to make her maltese happy and pretty, which is why Jinxy nabbed the top spot

--Most dynamic pet duo: Nicole Richie's dogs Foxy Cleopatra and Honey Child -- Nicole says her dogs have showed her what unconditional love is and apparently our readers agree!

--Most unusual pet: Dominic Monaghan's leaf mantis Gizmo -- Dominic isn't bugging out -- his Gizmo is a truly unique pet

The winners will be celebrated at Pets and Their Stars Unleashed, a star-studded event honoring Tinseltown's most celebrated pets and their owners at Hollywood's Cabana Club on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 8 p.m. - midnight. The event also honors Christopher Ameruoso's elegant black-and-white photography book Pets and Their Stars Unleashed.

"Behind every great star is a great pet," said Richard Spencer, editor-in-chief of In Touch Weekly. "Celebrity pets are such a fun part of In Touch Weekly's personality that it only seems right to make tonight their night."

"Pets and Their Stars Unleashed event brings together celebrities to show support for the thousands of displaced pets on the Gulf Coast," said Bob Davidowitz, publisher of In Touch Weekly. "As we celebrate the launch of Christopher Ameruoso's book, Pets and Their Stars Unleashed, we are proud to lend support for the care and well-being of animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina."

During the event a silent auction will take place, featuring exclusive pet paraphernalia, with proceeds benefiting Linda Blair's World Heart Foundation for Animals and Noah's Wish, an organization that works to provide relief for animal victims of Hurricane Katrina' and other catastrophes. A rescued puppy and kitten from the Gulf Cost will make an appearance and will be offered up for adoption live from the event.

In addition, platinum recording artist Pink will be honored with the Albert Schweitzer Award for her dedicated service to various pet charities across the country.

The evening will be jam-packed with additional activities for pets and their stars, including:

--Pet grooming, sponsored by Bed Head (a division of TIGI)

--American Pet Idol, a pet challenge, sponsored by 1-800-PetMeds

--Dancing by the Lakers Girls, attired in YMI Jeanswear

--Free jean giveaways at the YMI Jeanswear Jeans Bar

--An exclusive performance by A&M recording artist Keyshia Cole, the 23-year-old singer/songwriter whose first album, The Way It Is, recently debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's album chart. Keyshia, whose voice is filled with passion and soulful grit, pours her life experiences into her songwriting, giving her universal appeal.

About In Touch Weekly:

In Touch Weekly is the fastest growing celebrity magazine in the country. In the first half of 2005, In Touch Weekly sold an average of 1.1 million copies on the newsstand each week, an increase of nearly 50 percent over the previous year.

Designed for young women in their 20s and 30s, In Touch Weekly offers its readers an entertaining approach to covering America's favorite celebrities. For more information, please visit www.intouchweekly.com. In Touch Weekly is published by Bauer Publishing.

About Bauer Publishing

Bauer Publishing, the No. 1 seller of magazines on the newsstand, generates an annual $400 million dollars in single-copy revenue. Bauer publishes top women's, teen and entertainment titles including: In Touch Weekly, Life & Style Weekly, Woman's World, First for Women, J-14, TWIST, M, Soaps In Depth, and Life Story.
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