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Dogs at Massachusetts shelter learn to scoot

Dogs at animal rescue shelters need plenty of exercise, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Angell (MSPCA) has a specially designed scooter for just that reason, The Boston Globe reports.

The scooter is designed so that the dog is attached and runs directlty next to the person on the scooter. MSPCA behavior and training coordinator and behavior analyst Terri Bright says that it provides the dog with a good workout while it learns something new.

"A tired dog is a happy dog," she told the news outlet.

So far, the only dog that has been trained on the scooter, which was created by a California-based company and donated to the shelter, is Joi, a 10-month-old pit bull. It gives her a portion of her twice-daily exercise regimen as well as quality time with humans.

"I don't know how much exercise it is for the human," Bright told the news outlet. "It's a ridiculous amount of fun for me, fun for the volunteers, and fun for the staff."

The MSPCA was founded in 1868, making it the second-oldest humane society in the U.S., according to its website. The organization's services include animal adoption, protection, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement and veterinary care.
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