Four courageous canines inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame at 45 th annual celebration ATTENTION MEDIA: B-ROLL/VIDEO AVAILABLE; LINKS AT BOTTOM OF RELEASETORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Heroes come in all shapes and sizes but at this morning's 2013 Purina Animal Hall of Fame ceremony four canines were celebrated: Bella, Vicious, Snickers and Teak took top honours for their courage, determination and fearless devotion. Hosted at Toronto's PawsWay, the permanent home of the Purina Animal Hall of Fame, the inductees were honoured for the extraordinary actions they took to protect a human life - demonstrating the unique and powerful bond that exists between animals and people. "Now in its 45 th year, the Purina Animal Hall of Fame annually shares amazing life-saving stories and incredible acts of courage shown by pets and service animals across the country," said Mary Siemiesz, Executive Director of the Purina PetCare Legacy. "The tenacity of our 2013 inductees to rescue and protect people from harm - whether it's a wild animal, house fire, criminal or a medical emergency - showcases the connection animals have to humans and the physical risks they will take to keep them safe." As one of the longest running pet recognition programs in Canada, the Purina Animal Hall of Fame has recognized the life-saving heroics of pets and service animals for 45 years. Since its inception in 1968, 159 animals have been inducted - 132 dogs, 26 cats and one horse. Canadians across the country can visit www.purina.ca/about/halloffame to read past stories, and learn how to nominate a heroic pet or service animal themselves. The 2013 inductees were carefully selected from hundreds of nominations across the country, submitted by those impacted by the heroic acts exhibited by a pet or service animal over the past year. "The Purina Animal Hall of Fame is at the heart of who we are as a company and we are privileged to celebrate these extraordinary heroes," said Siemiesz. "This year's inductees remind us of how much animals enrich our lives, and that pets and humans are better together."