New Season of DOGTOWN To Premiere in January 2010

[Press Release - Released by National Geographic Channel]


New Episodes Follow the Adoption of One of the Michael Vick Pit Bulls;

the Rehabilitation of a Shepherd Mix Rescued From the Lebanon-Israel War;

Dogs Abandoned Because of the Economy;

and a Morbidly Obese Chihuahua in Need of a "Biggest Loser" Makeover

10 New Episodes Begin Friday, January 1, at 10 PM ET/PT

(WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 2, 2009) Ring in the New Year with a new season of DogTown starting Friday, January 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on theNational Geographic Channel. The hit series returns with 10 new episodes that follow the rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected and misfit dogs at DogTown, the last-hope refuge that's part of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest no-kill animal facility in the country.

With the recent economic downturn, many families are forced to give up their pets, even as shelters overflow. This season we meet Lucille, a sweet-natured shar-pei mix who was abandoned and left behind due to a home foreclosure crisis. Her health deteriorated, and now it's up to the DogTown staff to give her a canine bailout. In January 2008 DogTown was entrusted with 22 of Michael Vick's pit bulls. Now, as Vick attempts to start over, we document the story of former Vick dog, Handsome Dan, as he is transformed from an emotionally crippled pit bull into one with a chance of finding a loving home. The tolls of war affect not only people - and the team finds that out firsthand as they rehabilitate a shepherd mix who survived the Lebanon-Israel war. Also, as hard as it is for humans to lose weight, the challenge may be greater when it comes to a morbidly obese Chihuahua, so overweight she looks like she swallowed a pineapple!

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