Arizona 'shelter mutt' tapped as leading star in Disney's 'Lady and the Tramp' live-action remake
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A shelter dog from Arizona was tapped to play Tramp in Disney’s live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” set for release later this year. 

The Arizona Republic reported on Tuesday that the pooch, also known as Monte, was being scouted for the film while living as a shelter dog at the Phoenix-based HALO Animal Rescue last year. He had reportedly been transferred to the shelter from another in New Mexico.

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HALO President and CEO Heather Allen told the paper that Monte was adopted from the shelter in April 2018. She said staffers were aware at the time that people “meeting with him were considering him to be a Hollywood star, but we didn’t know for what, because it was top secret.”

Still, Allen said the shelter knew Monte had “the potential to become a Hollywood dog” given his warm personality. 

“When he arrived at the shelter he was super friendly. He greets people right away, he gives kisses, he loves attention, he knows ‘sit’ and he knows how to walk well on a leash,” she said. 

As for his breed, Allen said she thinks he’s “a terrier mix of some sort. He’s a shelter mutt.”

She said “that’s what makes this extra cool.”

“It’s not that shelters don’t have purebred dogs,” she continued, “but he really represents how great shelter dogs are. They are super friendly and can be outgoing.”

While Monte is not the first dog at the shelter to be picked up by casting agents for screen time, Allen said he’s by far landed the biggest role of any she's seen in her 25 years at the shelter.

“This isn’t just some obscure movie,” she said. “This is ‘Lady and the Tramp.’ Everybody knows ‘Lady and the Tramp.’ This is a staple in a child’s life.” 

The new live-action remake is set to premiere on Nov. 12 on Disney’s new streaming platform, Disney+.