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‘Lady and the Tramp’ Dog Was Almost Killed in a Shelter

And now he's the biggest dog movie star since Air Bud.

Lady and the Tramp is the latest beloved Disney film to receive the live-action treatment, as the remake will be exclusively released on Disney+ when the streaming service launches on November 12. Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest draws of the film is the titular dogs themselves, as the internet has gone crazy for the adorable American Cocker Spaniel and Schnauzer mix, making them the biggest dog movie stars since Air Bud.

But it turns out that no so long ago, one of them was living a much less glamorous life. Justin Theroux, who is voicing Tramp in the movie, revealed in an Instagram post that Monty, who plays Tramp, was found by Disney in a no-kill shelter in Arizona.

“Monty was rescued from @halorescue … an amazing NO KILL shelter in Phoenix AZ… he was found by @disney who was looking for shelter animals to cast in LADY AND THE TRAMP! IN which there are TONS of rescue dogs,” Theroux wrote in the caption.

But it turns out that before Monty was in the no-kill shelter in Phoenix, he was actually in a cage in a New Mexico kill shelter. Fortunately, he was taken from the shelter by Halo Animal Rescue and taken to Phoenix, where he was then found by Disney. It’s a happy ending for everyone.

“A huge thank you to @disney for giving not just Monty, but so many dogs a big break, not just in the movie, but a life outside of the shelter!” Theroux continued. “And a huge thank you @ladyandthetramp for letting me be Monty’s voice, so he can show the world how amazing shelter animals really are.”

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MEET MONTY!!!! 🐕 ❤️ Sometimes things work out perfectly. PLEASE scroll through for HIS VERY very cool story.. Monty was rescued from @halorescue … an amazing NO KILL shelter in Phoenix AZ 🙏🏼 … he was found by @disney who was looking for shelter animals to cast in LADY AND THE TRAMP! IN which there are TONS of rescue dogs. 🐾 Woohoo! Including, yours truly… KUMA who was given a really huge starring role (okay, it was teensy but don’t tell her 😬). A huge thank you to @disney for giving not just Monty, but so many dogs a big break, not just in the movie, but a life outside of the shelter! And a huge thank you @ladyandthetramp for letting me be Monty’s voice, so he can show the world how amazing shelter animals really are. #adoptdontshop @ladyandthetramp #DisneyPlus #LadyAndTheTramp @tessamaethompson my Lady! ❤️

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