Puppies and other critters compete in the 12th annual Puppy Bowl. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: More than 80 puppies pawed their way to New York to be a part of the 12th annual Puppy Bowl taping. This latest annual production of the Puppy Bowl featured more than just dogs and had executive producer Melinda Toporoff juggling animals of many species. "We have a few new participants. Dan has a sidekick this year, another being in stripes, a little skunk who is going to be helping out with some of the calls," explained Toporoff. "We have turtle streaker, we'll see how that goes." The game was founded as way to raise awareness about pet adoption and offer an alternative to those not interested in the Super Bowl. This year 44 shelters from 25 states were called upon to supply animals for the game. Returning as referee for the fifth year is actor Daniel Schachner. While Schachner tries to remain neutral, he sometimes is influenced by the cuteness of the puppies. "I have to say there are a couple of Chihuahuas that I'm pretty partial to," he said. The game will premiere on February 7 on the U.S. cable network Animal Planet and will run from 3PM/ET-5PM/ET and will repeat for 12 hours.