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Fresnan to serve as judge for Westminster Dog Show

A Fresnan will serve as one of the judges at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 

George Milutinovich will preside over several breeds during the 145th annual show in June.

Originally scheduled for the winter in New York City, the show was moved to an outdoor venue in Tarrytown, New York, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Milutinovich will judge Biewer Terriers, Chihuahuas, Pugs, Silky Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers. 

The Best of Breed winners that he selects will compete in the Toy Group on June 12. 

The honor of judging at Westminster comes after a lifetime of involvement in the sport of purebred dogs for Milutinovich. 

He has owned and shown Pugs, Italian Greyhounds, Cocker Spaniels, Smooth Fox Terriers, Boxers, Bichon Frises and Russell Terriers. 

Milutinovich and his wife, Cathay, have had group winners and Best in Show winners come from their breeding programs. 

He serves on the Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno board and is a member of Morris and Essex Kennel Club. 

Milutinovich has been approved to judge the Toy and Non-Sporting groups, whippets, Norwegian Elkhounds, Manchester Terriers, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. 

Daytime preliminary breed, junior showmanship judging and evening Group competitions will be held over both days of the competition. The Best in Show and Junior Showmanship Finals judging will be held on the evening of June 13. 

This will be Milutinovich’s first judging assignment at Westminster. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.