Pit Bull Named American Hero Dog of 2013

By Amy Sinatra Ayres

Therapy dog Elle, a Pit Bull, is named the American Hero Dog of 2013.The American Humane Association has given Elle, a 5-year-old Pit Bull, its American Hero Dog award for 2013.

The therapy dog from North Carolina not only helps kids feel more comfortable with her "Tail Wagging Tales" program, but she also educates kids about dog safety. Elle helps children get over their fear of dogs with her happy demeanor, and because she's a Pit Bull, she teaches them about overcoming prejudices and stereotypes against dogs like herself, who are often misunderstood.

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"As an organization that for years has fought breed-specific legislation (BSL), we are also pleased to honor a breed that has been often been unjustly maligned," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, the American Humane Association's president and CEO. "We hope that Elle's story will help to underscore the many tremendously positive qualities of this breed."

Elle received her honor on Sunday at a star-studded awards show that included presenters such as Betty White and Naomi Judd. The show will air on the Hallmark Channel on Oct. 30. - Read it at Today

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