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Puppy Bowl XII MVP is a Miami-Dade County Animal Services Puppy

MIAMI (February 10, 2016)

A Labrador/Chow-chow mix named Star from Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) lived up to her name by being voted one of PUPPY BOWL XII 's MVPs (Most Valuable Puppy) for her star performance during Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XII which aired on Sunday, February 7.

As a player for #TeamRuff, Star scored a double touchdown—the first in Puppy Bowl history!  She finished the game with three touchdowns and a tackle making her one of the highest scorers in Puppy Bowl XII. Star was one of 49 puppies in the PEDIGREE® Starting Lineup competing for the famed title of BISSELL® MVP (Most Valuable Puppy). 

This was the first time puppies from Animal Services participated in Animal Planet’s annual PUPPY BOWL which is broadcast nationally to coincide with Super Bowl Sunday. Four puppies from Animal Services participated and were chosen based on their playfulness and unique personalities. In addition to Star, the other puppies from Animal Services included a Cocker Spaniel mix named Luna, a Terrier mix named Timon and a Labrador mix named Donny. Of the four puppies that participated, Star and Timon made the starting lineup.
“We are very proud of Star and all the puppies who participated, said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services. “As a public shelter, we consider all our animals MVP’s or Most Valuable Pets and we hope this will encourage people to open their hearts and their homes to a shelter pet.” 

Photos available on request.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for 28,000 to 30,000 unwanted dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 100 rescue organizations and partners that have helped us meet our goal of a 90 percent save rate.