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Kansas State Dog: Toto, 'Wizard Of Oz' Dog Breed Won't Be Official State Dog

First Posted: 03/13/2012 12:56 pm Updated: 03/13/2012 5:00 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — There may be no place like home, but don't tell Toto.

A Kansas House committee squashed a bid Monday to make the cairn terrier, a breed perhaps best known as that of Dorothy's canine sidekick in "The Wizard of Oz," the state's official dog.

Democratic state Rep. Ed Trimmer told the Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/yt9yEb ) he plans to reintroduce the bill next year. And Brenda Moore, a South Central Kansas Kennel Club official who first proposed the idea, says she plans to drum up public support for it this summer.

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals opposed the measure, saying it believes it would cause Kansas puppy mills to "churn out litter after litter of the breed" and lead to fewer adoptions from animal shelters.

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