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Colorado announces "state pet"

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Gov. John Hickenlooper signing the bill into law. Image courtesy aspca.org. Gov. John Hickenlooper signing the bill into law. Image courtesy aspca.org.
(Toledo News Now) -

Some states have state trees, birds, and animals – Ohio's are the Buckeye, cardinal, and white-tailed deer – but a new trend is seeing states name their own state dog.

Pennsylvania, for example, named the Great Dane its official state dog. But Colorado has gone a different route.

On Monday, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill making all shelter dogs and cats their official state pets.

The governor's own shelter dog, Sky, stood by his side as he signed the bill, which was proposed by school children and signed into law at the Denver Animal Shelter.

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