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Hercules named winner of first Queens Critters contest

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Hercules the French bulldog was crowed the first Queens Critters winner. Photo courtesy Afrodite Pogiatzis
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Pippa, the unhappy Christmas cat. Photo courtesy Devon O'Connor
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Jack the cat had been homeless and injured before he was rescued. He had to have his eye removed because of his injuries but now is living a normal life. Photo courtesy Barbara McHugh
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Max the cat playing peek-a-boo. Photo courtesy Diane Levy
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Two lazy friends. Photo courtesy Logan O'Connor
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Junior, a 9-year-old poodle, decided to take a much needed break from putting up the Christmas tree. Photo courtesy Arlene Mordjikian
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Pippa the cat protecting the presents. Photo courtesy Devon O'Connor

Hercules, the French bulldog, is the winner of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ first Queens Critter contest. His owner is Afrodite Pogiatzis of Astoria. Pogiatzis said the 1-year-old pup is a “sweet boy.”

Here are some of the other contest entries that made it a tough choice.

We want to see more of your furry and hairless friends at play, at work and just hanging out with their own crowd. All kinds of pets from felines to canines to equines are welcome.

To enter, simply e-mail a photo of your pet to QueensCritters@gmail.com. In the future, please include the name and age of your pet, the name of the owner and what neighborhood you are from.

By sending a photo, you acknowledge that we may us it in the paper, on our website, and otherwise in accordance with our Terms of Use. Your photo may be included in an on-line gallery on the www.TimesLedger.com website.

Each week, our editors will select at least one photo to be published in the TimesLedger newspaper. Photos that violate our Terms of Use will not be accepted or considered for publication. The materials that you send will not be returned.

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