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October 22, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 1

Elle The Pitbull Is a True Hero!

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

I love reading stories about heroic dogs, but Elle is extra special. Why? Because on October 5th, the American Humane Association announced Elle, a 5-year-old Pitbull, as its 2013 American Hero Dog of the Year!

While pitbulls are commonly misconstrued in the media as a vicious, aggressive breed to be feared, Elle is one shining example of just how loyal and loving a pitbull can be. She is a certified therapy dog who, with her pet-parent by her side, visits schools, communities, and retirement homes promoting responsible pet-parenting and much more.

Elle and her pet-parent Leah are from North Carolina. Elle’s sweet personality and therapy work make her well-worthy of this award. With her gentle spirit and soulful eyes, Elle instantly puts people at ease as she helps children learn dog safety, promotes a love of reading in the "Tail Wagging Tales" program her pet-mom started, and also work to help those afraid of dogs to overcome their fear. She has brought light into many dark places and happiness to countless people in need of her heart and cheer.

A gala event to honor Elle and other hero canines was celebrated at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Big name stars filled the event, raising recognition of the importance of honoring the unsung heroism of Man's Best Friend.

"The point of the award show is to celebrate these dogs who really work and preform service to humans." said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association.

Not only is Elle a true hero as a therapy dog in the eyes of the dog-loving community, she has also brought awareness to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). A pitbull being awarded with one of the highest prestige awards for a canine is huge for advocates everywhere that are fighting BSL. Elle may be the gateway in this continued effort.

Get the latest on Elle's therapy efforts when you follow Elle on Facebook!

Sources:

American Humane Association Press Release

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