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3-legged dog wins 1st place in NYC shelter contest

In this photo released by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 'Prince,' a three legged pitbull mix is shown at the ASPCA's talent competition for shelter dogs, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 in New York. Prince, who lost one leg and had a pin inserted in the other after being hit by a car, didn't let his handicap hold him back. Prince claimed first place in the competition by catching three baseballs with his jaws. Prince and the other eight dogs in the competition are available for adoption at the ASPCA in Manhattan. In this photo released by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), "Prince," a three legged pitbull mix is shown at the ASPCA's talent competition for shelter dogs, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 in New York. Prince, who lost one leg and had a pin inserted in the other after being hit by a car, didn't let his handicap hold him back. Prince claimed first place in the competition by catching three baseballs with his jaws. Prince and the other eight dogs in the competition are available for adoption at the ASPCA in Manhattan. (AP Photo/ASPCA, Robin Fostel)
February 13, 2010

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NEW YORK—A three-legged pitbull mix that played in a game of doggie baseball has won "Best in Show" at a talent competition held by one of New York City's largest animal shelters.

Nine dogs competed in Friday's contest at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But it was Prince who impressed the judging panel the most with his feat of catching three baseballs.

The nearly 2-year-old dog lost one of his legs and had a pin inserted in another after being struck by a car.

The ASPCA's senior vice president of the adoption center says Prince's disability doesn't hold him back.

Gail Buchwald says he "struts his stuff like a winner."

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