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Most unusual pet insurance claims of 2023 include folding couch incident

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Insurance company Nationwide announced the finalists for its 2023 Hambone Award, which honors the most unusual pet insurance claims of the year. Photo by Ben Hooper/UPI

Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Insurance firm Nationwide announced the finalists for its 2023 Hambone Award, which highlights the most unusual pet insurance claims of the year.

The Hambone Award, named in honor of a dog that ate an entire holiday ham while stuck in a refrigerator, highlights the unique situations that pets find themselves in each year and calls on members of the public to vote for strangest of the bunch.

This year's finalists include Giles, a New York cat who was closed into a folding couch; Josie, a California dog who ran into a set of metal bleachers while chasing a ball; and Sunny, a Labrador who managed to shimmy his crate 5 feet across a room so he could eat three phone charger cords.

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All of the 12 finalists made full recoveries from their injuries, the insurance company said.

The winning pet will be awarded the Hambone Award trophy, as well as a gift card and a donation in its name to a pet charity chosen by their owner. The second and third place finalists will receive a prize and a charity donation, the company said.

Voting is open through Sept. 22, and the winners will be announced Sept. 28.