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While dogs around him at the animal shelter wagged their tails with delight when potential adopters approached, Benny crouched in the corner of his enclosure and growled, scaring away any chance of finding a forever home. In a crowded animal shelter, being labeled an aggressive dog can mean a lifetime locked in a cage, or worse. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as many as 670,000 of the 3.3 million dogs who enter shelters annually are euthanized, often because they’re deemed too aggressive to be pets. Benny, it seemed, was headed for death row. Luckily for him, word of Benny’s plight reached the Lehigh County Humane Society in Allentown last month, where a new program to turn even the most ill-mannered mutts into very good dogs was underway. “The behaviors that I saw when I met Benny, especially the growling, that was fear,” said Lucas Holland, a certified dog trainer who recently joined the Humane Society’s staff. “But to the average person, growling looks like aggression. He looks like a scary dog.” Kitten season opens for catchers of feral cats » Volunteers brought Benny to the Humane Society where, under Holland’s guidance, he learned read to walk on a leash and obey simple commands. As he began to trust humans, his growling and hiding decreased. Soon, the 3-year old gray and white pittie will be ready for adoption.