Labrador Retriever could become state dog

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The state of Maine has an official animal, bird and even cat. This legislative session, however, could provide us with a state dog. State lawmakers will vote on LD 107 which would make the Labrador Retriever Maine's state dog.

Stacy Gile has owned labs most of her life and now spends her time with her two black labs Jack and Amos.

"We realized really quickly that everywhere you went you saw labs," said Gile.

Last summer, Gile decided to contact her local lawmakers to find out how to make labs the official state dog.

"I certainly don't blame people for thinking 'What do we need a state dog for?' Well, why don't we have one? We have all kinds of state symbols," said Gile. "We have the ones we all know about. We have the chickadee. We have the moose. We have the Maine coon cat. The cat gets their day, why can't the dog have theirs?"

Gile contacted lawmakers and drafted the bill for this session.

"I think they would make an excellent symbol for what Maine stands for outdoorsmen, hunting, fishing, friendliness, and a healthy outdoor lifestyle," said Gile.

A Facebook page was even created to help gain support.

The bill has been passed to committee and will be heard on Feb. 11 where Gile will be presenting her own argument.


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