WTRF Animal Adoption Madness winner receives his award and wags his tail.

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Just as March Madness 2019 has slipped into history, Animal Adoption Madness has wrapped up too.

Just like its basketball counterpart, the competition was intense.

It started out with 64 pets from area animal shelters–62 dogs and cats, one pig and one rabbit.

People voted online for their favorites.

“Unfortunately the rabbit didn’t make it out of the first round,” noted Nick Griffin, WTRF digital sales manager. “The pig made it to the third round before he was eliminated. The final eight were all dogs.”

And of those dogs, the winner was Brutus, at the time just a tiny pup, the youngest of all the competitiors, with a cutness factor off the charts.

So cute, in fact, that some might call it an unfair advantage!

“Absolutely!” admitted Denise Nalley, executive director of the Marshall County Animal Shelter, where the pup came from. “Unfair advantage, absolutely. Super cute!”

Wednesday this winning pup showed up at WTRF TV with his new human family to claim his prize, but he has changed.

He’s sporting a new name–Bruno now instead of Brutus–and he’s growing by leaps and bounds.

In the midst of the competition, he got adopted, which was the real reason behind the Madness.

In fact, of the 64 animals pictured in the brackets, 36 of them now have forever homes.

It certainly worked out well for Kelly Cunningham, Bruno’s new owner.

“He is just the most perfect dog I could ever ask for,” she said. “He’s very loving and playful and just all around a great dog.”

And Denise Nalley says she has a whole shelter full of awesome pets.

“We encourage everyone in the Valley to come down and take a look,” she said. “You’ll fall in love. I promise.”

Bruno accepted his prize basket filled with toys, bowls, treats, T-shirts, a leash, shampoo and a gift certificate.

His favorite item in the basket? A cat toy.

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