Bo's 'Rescue' Has Animal Groups Growling
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2009 1:52 PM CDT
In this undated photo released by the White House, President Barack Obama holds his daughter Sasha as he pets the family's new dog, Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Did President Obama fulfill his pledge to adopt a shelter pooch by taking in a pricey purebred that had been returned to its breeders? That’s a question being hotly debated among animal-rescue groups, the Hill reports. The Humane Society, which got a donation from Obama when he decided to go with the Portuguese water dog, says he’s in the clear; others claim the president dropped the ball.

“We are hearing from people all over the country that they feel let down,” said the director of Obama said early on that “a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me,” and might not fit with daughter Malia’s allergies. But a shelter search revealed 14 Portuguese water dogs, including one in DC.