(West Shore RCMP)

After putting her naming skills to the test, an 11-year-old Victoria girl has been hailed a winner of RCMP’s annual Name the Puppy Contest.

With over 11,000 entries across Canada, Josslyn was one of thirteen contest champions, meaning her entry name, Rigby, has been given to an RCMP German Shepard pup.

On Tuesday, Cpl. Dave Lewis with West Shore RCMP’s Police Dog Service and Police Service Dog Halla presented Josslyn with a laminated photograph of Rigby, a certificate, a stuffed animal, and an RCMP water bottle.

“Thank you to Josslyn for participating in the contest and picking a well-suited name for one of our RCMP puppies this year. RCMP police dogs work so hard and are an integral part of policing,” said Cpl. Lewis.

According to West Shore RCMP, an officer, often referred to as an “imprinter,” will raise Rigby to potentially become a police dog, working with a police dog handler over the next year toward the dog’s success in a training program.

Moving down the alphabet, RCMP’s puppy naming contest is set to return next spring and entry names will start with the letter ‘S’, police add.

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