A hearing- and sight-impaired Australian shepherd, a deaf
English pointer and a terrier born with three legs are among the
more than 80 puppies from 34 U.S. shelters and rescue groups
that were brought to New York for the taping of the game.
"We've got a three-legged dog named Lucky. And I don't mean that
it's cool that she lost her leg, but I think it's really cool
that she's out on the field, you know, playing with the big
boys. A lot of people didn't think she could do it but she tried
it and we just saw her play," referee Dan Schachner said on
Producers of the Animal Planet TV show said they shoot hundreds
of hours of footage for the show, which features puppies chasing
soft toys and each other around a toy football field and which
promotes adoption awareness.
Schachner said that teams Fluff and Ruff will be subject to some
extra fouls this year.
"This year we've got illegal use of the tail, which we're
bringing back. And truly offensive pass interference, and of
course we're referring to odor, not to offense," he said.
Cheering on the teams will be six rescue rabbits and five guinea
pig cheerleaders. The TV show will air on Super Bowl Sunday,
(Reporting by Alicia Powell for Reuters Television; Editing by
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