HERNANDO, MS (abc24.com) - With one dog for every two people, it's safe to say folks in Hernando love their canines. Their newest endeavor is building a place where their pooches can play.
Hernando is a finalist in a contest to win a $100,000 dog park.
"We have 14,000 people here, and Hernando has 7-8,000 dogs," says dog park advocate David Rucker. "We're just asking everyone in the Mid-South to help us out."
The city is one of 15 finalists in the nation out of roughly 700 cities in a contest run by petsafe.net.
Rucker is asking anyone and everyone to vote. "Our dogs aren't socialized. We keep them on leashes, in the house, in our backyards." He wants them to have a place to roam free.
You don't need to live in Hernando to vote for it.
"Just choose Hernando as the city you want to support and start voting," says Parks Director DeWayne Williams.
The city is in 9th place right now. "The way you win is based on percentages of population," Williams says.
With 15,000 residents, Hernando needs about 15,000 votes.
"Right now we have 3,065 votes," Williams says. "If we could just have ten thousand people help us," he says it could turn into $100,000 dollars.
"$100,000 would be fantastic," says Rucker.
Voting ends August 1st. You can vote twice a day and on Facebook.VOTE: http://www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark/city/9194/hernando-ms/