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By Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Canine rehab docuseries is intense, inspiring.

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The series does a great job of documenting the way that the facility's staff creates and adjusts unique rehabilitation plans for each case, making DogTown a solid choice for kids who are interested in working with animals. Beyond the training, socialization, medical attention, and other rehabilitation tactics, the show captures the staff's love for their four-legged charges, revealing how much dogs (and other domestic animals) depend on humans for a happy, healthy existence.

Each episode follows the rehabilitation of a few troubled canines, and while stories of abuse (including the horrors of puppy mills) and neglect are revealed and injuries and aggressive animal behavior are occasionally shown, DogTown -- unlike more graphic shows such as Animal Precinct -- puts the focus on rehabilitation and adoption. The series also emphasizes neutering, which, along with adoption, is a key factor in helping cut down on euthanization.

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