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Animal Planet pit bull coverage & Shorty Rossi interview

With shows like Pit Boss and Pit Bulls and Parolees as part of their programming, Animal Planet has done more than a little to showcase the work of pit bull rescuers and change misconceptions about the breed. And in their latest effort to promote these pups, the cable channel has packed their annual ode to cuteness — the Puppy Bowl — with mini versions of the much-maligned pooches.

This year’s utterly adorable starting lineup features two purebred pit bulls and four pit bull mixes out of a total of 31 pups. With those kind of numbers, they’re definitely making a statement.

But were the bowl to take place in Miami, these six fluffy balls of fur wouldn’t be allowed, thanks to Dade County’s 20-plus-year ban on pit bulls. Efforts to overturn the legislation failed in a ballot measure last year. Meanwhile, Miami-Dade is the only county in Florida with an active ban, and cities like Cincinnati have recently voted to overturn similar BSL.

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