Hershey, PA — Two-legged dog Lieutenant Dan has won the 2020 Cadbury Bunny Tryouts contest, The Hershey Co. reports, and will net $5,000 for its owner and a spot in the brand’s ad campaign. The candymaker also made a $10,000 donation to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as part of the program.
“Lieutenant Dan is the epitome of inspiration, passion and energy, showcasing that no matter what challenges you, you can overcome it,” says Ethan Mandel, of the Cadbury brand team. “With almost 200,000 votes cast, America showed love and support to all of our finalists. We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our second annual Cadbury Bunny Tryouts.”
The hound was born with a birth defect, leaving its hind limbs and tail deformed and in pain. The condition led to the amputation of its legs and tail, but hasn’t hindered the dogs spirits, according to owner Laura Person.
“The outpouring of support for our Lieutenant Dan was just amazing! We received so many heartwarming messages saying how much joy and inspiration he brings to people’s day,” says Laura Person, Lieutenant Dan’s owner. “We love him but to see the love America showed for him means so much to our family. We are thrilled for him to be the next Cadbury Clucking Bunny and his rambunctious spirit shows how excited he is as well.”
The contest drew more than 4,000 entries from all 50 states, Hershey reports. Finalists were selected by the Cadbury brand team and “instafamous pet influencer” Jiffpom.