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Slain Newtown Girl Named ‘Kid of the Year’ By ASPCA

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ A 6-year-old girl killed in the Newtown school shootings is being celebrated for her love of animals.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Wednesday that Catherine Hubbard is being honored with its Kid of the Year award.

The APSCA said Catherine “had a natural ability to connect and care for animals,” even designing her own business cards for an imaginary animal shelter.

Catherine’s parents asked after her death that donations be made to The Animal Center in Newtown, which is hoping to build the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

Catherine was one of 20 children and six adults killed Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The ASPCA award is named for 9-year-old Tommy Monahan of New York City, who died trying to save his pet in a 2007 house fire.

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