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Obamas Adopt 2nd Dog, White House Takes Stance On Breed-Specific Legislation

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Photo of Sunny, the White House's 2nd adopted Portuguese Water Dog (Credit: ABC News) Photo of Sunny, the White House's 2nd adopted Portuguese Water Dog (Credit: ABC News)
Washington, D.C. -

Watch out, Bo...there's a new dog in town.

The White House says the Obamas have added a second dog to the first family. Her name is Sunny, and she's a Portuguese Water Dog - the same breed as the Obamas' other dog, Bo. The White House says that breed works well for the Obamas because of family allergies.

Sunny was born a year ago in June in Michigan and arrived at the White House Monday.

She's expected to join Bo for evening walks and the occasional Oval Office huddle with the president.

The White House says the Obamas will donate in Sunny's honor to the Washington Humane Society.

The Obamas adopted their first White House dog in April 2009, fulfilling a campaign promise to daughters Sasha and Malia.

That is not the only dog story coming out of the White House in the last few days...

Last week, the Obama Administration came out against breed-specific legislation in response to a "We The People..." petition. The legislation would restrict ownership of dogs by breed, most commonly pit bulls.

The White House released the following statement in response to the "We The People..." petition:

"We don't support breed-specific legislation -- research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at twenty years of data about dog bites and human fatalities in the United States. They found that fatal attacks represent a very small proportion of dog bite injuries to people and that it's virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds.

The CDC also noted that the types of people who look to exploit dogs aren't deterred by breed regulations -- when their communities establish a ban, these people just seek out new, unregulated breeds. And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they're intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.

For all those reasons, the CDC officially recommends against breed-specific legislation -- which they call inappropriate. You can read more from them here.

As an alternative to breed-specific policies, the CDC recommends a community-based approach to prevent dog bites. And ultimately, we think that's a much more promising way to build stronger communities of pets and pet owners."

You can read more on the story form the Huffington Post here.

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