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Abigail Breslin adopts shelter dog

Animal advocates have encouraged President Barack Obama to adopt a dog from a shelter rather than buy an expensive purebred. While it seems the first family is leaning toward the Portuguese water dog, child star Abigail Breslin has gone the other route and adopted a sick puppy from an Atlanta shelter.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Academy-award-nominated actress was in town filming a movie when she saw a pen of puppies at a veterinarian's office. Among those was a Australian shepherd mix who had nearly died. Breslin begged her dad to give her the puppy for an early birthday present. And so child star and sick puppy are reunited for a happy ending.

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Stay tuned to learn which lucky dog will end up with the family living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Dad says the selection will be made soon.

Photo: Abigail Breslin at the premiere of "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" at in New York City // Bryan Bedder/Getty Images.

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