Is the Puppy Bowl Pro-Pit Bull? Animal Planet Packs Lineup With Adorable "Bullies"
"It takes time to change people, no matter who you are. Some faster than others. I'm able to bring Hercules anywhere so people get to see, in an airport, a nice hotel, a supermarket, what a pit bull really is," Rossi adds. He attributes much of this change in public opinion to shows like his and the efforts of Animal Planet and others involved in breed awareness efforts.
10-week old pit bull/German Shepard mix Eli plays with 4-month-old Catahoula/Boston Terrier mix Koda Animal Planet/Keith Barraclough
Did we also mention that all the pups in the Puppy Bowl are rescues, available for adoption? Animal Planet is definitely on the side of the underdog.
And in response to those who continue to claim that pit bulls are dangerous, Rossi says that's nonsense. "Most of those people that have that opinion have never owned a pit bull, have never been around a pit bill, have never been victimized by a pit bull or know anyone who ever has. They have an uneducated, unpopular opinion of what they think is happening. Do your research before you make a judgement of a topic. Because of the shows on Animal Planet, because I traveled to over 40 cities doing breed awareness last year, I'm bring attention and awareness to what really is going on."
This year's Pit Boss season finale showcases the team's efforts in Miami, and it airs on March 30 at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet. In the meantime, Puppy Bowl fans can watch the epic showdown this Sunday starting at 3 p.m. Our money's on little Cash.
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