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NC dog up for Hollywood award

Posted September 24, 2013
Updated October 6, 2013

Actress Betty White poses for a cell phone picture with Elle the Pit Bull after the dog's big win at the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

UPDATE: Elle has won the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog competition, which was held Saturday, Oct. 5.


At last check, Elle, a therapy dog from Roanoke Rapids, has more than 31,000 likes on Facebook. It's a testament to the difference she makes every day in the lives of children. 

Elle is a finalist for the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Elle's fans can vote online until Sept. 26 to help her take home the top prize. 

Elle’s mom, Leah Brewer, says she saw Elle’s photo online in 2008 and was smitten. She called to get information about her felt that she needed to save Elle from a potentially bad situation. 

Elle began her journey as a therapy dog in 2010. She started a reading program to help kids improve their reading skills. She also visits schools and retirement homes in her Roanoke Rapids community.

Brewer says Elle’s biggest challenge is her appearance and the stigma that people often associate with pit bulls. But Elle is changing perceptions and lives. Brewer says Elle is a dog that shares unconditional love and acceptance to everyone.

Whether she is working or out walking in the community, Elle provides friendship to anyone she meets, Brewer said. 

As one of the finalists for this year’s awards, Elle will be presented with a Hero Dog award and win $1,500 for a selected charity partner. She’ll be traveling to Hollywood to meet Betty White for the big award ceremony Oct. 5th.

In preparation for the big trip to Hollywood, Brewer said, Elle has been polishing her well-practiced tricks to show to actress and animal advocate White.


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  • Charles Williams Jun 9, 2016
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    bet she reads better than you!

  • davido Sep 25, 2013

    "Elle began her journey as a therapy dog in 2010. She started a reading program to help kids improve their reading skills."

    Wait a minute--I bet that dog can't even read at a 3rd grade level!

  • FourPaws Sep 25, 2013

    I plan to go vote for her now. Good Luck Elle!

  • iamsiam1096 Sep 25, 2013

    What a great story and hopefully will show more in the community it is not the breed of dog, it is the dog, each on its on merits. So happy for Elle and her owner and the community she lives in. Hope more follow her lead.

  • inmyopionion Sep 25, 2013

    Elle is already our hero! I have seen her help kids get excited about reading, build confidence in their social skills, and bring smiles to their faces. She teaches about love and acceptance. Her family is equally as awesome and our community is blessed to have them. Go Elle Go!!

  • rainbow1 Sep 24, 2013

    Elle is such a great asset to the Roanoke Rapids community. She helps bring smiles to the elderly thru therapy, to kids thru visits and the reading program and to the general public at events and fundraisers. She is an outstanding rep of the breed. Leah and family are wonderful advocates and too a true asset to our community. Elegant Elle you rock.

  • kp944 Sep 24, 2013

    Thrilled to see Elle's story on here! I became a huge fan of hers through the first round of voting and have been rooting for her since. A true ambassador for the breed that is totally misrepresented, and therefore misunderstood. She is a beautiful and loving girl that deserves the crown! There's still time to vote so please show her the support she deserves.