Elle The Pit Bull Named 2013 Hero Dog By American Humane Association (PHOTOS)

10/08/2013 02:57 pm ET

We've already told you that Breed Specific Legislation doesn't know what it's talking about. Here's another pit bull who is proving legislators wrong yet again.

On Saturday, the American Humane Association named 5-year-old pit bull Elle its 2013 American Hero Dog.

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Elle earned the award for her work as a therapy dog in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., where she helps children learn dog safety and helps people overcome their fear of dogs. She participates in a therapy dog reading program called "Tail Wagging Tales" which was started by her owner, Leah Brewer.

“The point of the award show is to celebrate these dogs who really work and perform service to humans,” Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association, told TODAY.com.

The AHA is also hoping that Elle's win will help curb misconceptions about pit bulls.

“The dog community is trying to grapple with issues around what to do with breeds that have some bad reputations,“ Ganzert told TODAY. “This is a fantastic awakening to see a pit bull win.”

At Saturday's award ceremony in Los Angeles, Elle was given star treatment after more than 1 million public votes and a panel of animal activists and celebrity judges named her the winner. She even got to meet Betty White, according to her Facebook page.

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If you want to learn more about Elle, check out the video below. You can also watch the Hero Dog Awards on the Hallmark Channel on Oct. 30.

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