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Orange County Shelter Dog Gains International Attention in National Broadcast as “Underdog of the Year” in “World Dog Awards”

Orlando, FL – The original images of the petite, black 2-year old pit-bull mix who came to the attention Orange County Animal Services in August of 2015 were startling, even to veteran rescue personnel. But unbeknownst at the time, the dog who would later be named Khalessi, would quickly go on to grab the hearts of Central Florida and beyond. Today, Orange County Animal Services is pleased to announce that Khalessi continues to progress and was just named “Underdog of the Year,” receiving a “World Dog Award,” which was hosted by the CW Network. She appeared just last night along with other spectacular animals in a national broadcast, hosted by George Lopez.

Khalessi’s story is unique. She came to Orange County Animal Services with a significant impairment – she was missing her nasal cavity and upper jaw. While many might expect the canine to be timid or afraid, those who interacted with her found her to be happy and sweet, despite her medical needs. In addition to her facial disfigurement, she had sustained serious trauma to her hind-end, which impaired her mobility. After just two days at the shelter, Khaleesi was taken in by Passion 4 Pits, which regularly partners with Orange County Animal Services to care for some of the most serious or medically needy animals they encounter. The rescue partner quickly raised the funds needed to help rehabilitate the animal that has since made significant progress.

The official press release can be found at TheFutonCritic.com.

To learn more about the other amazing superstar animals available for adoption, visit Orange County Animal Services.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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