Hundreds of area residents converged on Kid's Planet Monday afternoon, hoping to get a chance to meet a man and his dog.

Luigi Francis "Shorty" Rossi, the star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet, was signing autographs and posing for pictures at the restaurant. Rossi's reality show covers his work rescuing pit bulls through his organization, Shorty's Rescue. Hercules, one of the pit bulls that appear on his show, accompanied Rossi.

Despite the cool weather Monday afternoon, Rossi's fans lined up around the building to get a chance to pose for photos with him and to purchase autographs. The $10 autograph donations benefited Shorty's Rescue. The total amount raised during his appearance was not available at press time.

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