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Animal Planet Star -- Attempted Murderer

2/4/2010 7:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The star of the Animal Planet show "Pit Boss" knows what it's like to be treated like an animal: Dude spent 10 years behind bars for attempted murder -- and TMZ has obtained his mug shot.

Animal Planet Star -- Attempted Murderer

Before he started rescuing dogs, Shorty Rossi -- who went by the name Melvin Rossi -- was sentenced to 20 years in California State Prison for participating in a gang-related shooting in Los Angeles back in 1988.

Rossi -- who was a member of the Bloods street gang -- began his prison stint in 1989, but was released after 10 years.

Rossi has talked openly about his prison experience before -- but prides himself on turning his life around.

How's that for street cred?


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Randall    

he'd have more worthwhile pride if he just didn't get into a gang to begin with. what's he want a congratulations for doing what he was expected to do from the beginning?

1634 days ago
17.

Miss Kitty    

I know Melvin from an animal shelter he worked at in Vegas. He has the biggest heart and love for the pitty's. But don't let his size fool you. He has worked hard to turn his life around. He will also keep you laughing with his wicked sense of humor. Congrats on your success Tripod. Stop by and see us when you are in town. Sandy would love to see you again.

1634 days ago
18.

Patricia    

There's no way this guy was in the Bloods. They don't "recruit" Italian-American guys---or any white guys!

1634 days ago
19.

Tamara Cannon    

a White Midget in the Bloods in the 80s? Someone please make this movie!

1634 days ago
20.

mo    

his father was nasty to him he left home at as a teenager one of his freinds family took him in in Watts ina public housing complex that is how he became part of teh bloods .this guy is a little person so he must have been tough as nails to survive .

1634 days ago
21.

Darlene    

Not surprizing!

1633 days ago
22.

spectrabei    

He's 4 Feet Tall. He's built a niche' entertainment empire. It's not April 1st, so somebody at TMZ must have received B.M.'s manilla envelope. Attempted Murder Charge, Bloods, Come On TMZ, I'm from the "Show Me" State, so show me --- PROVE IT. That picture doesn't prove anything.

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070425/A_NEWS/704250332

1633 days ago
23.

gabby    

@ 17 are u talking about yourself about being a IDIOT??? I'm happy to read about anyone that inproves their life..I think u are jealous of this little person..Now u said,"YOU ARE A LITTLE PERSON". why are you kicking on little people when u should take up for him since u are a little person?I watch The Pit Boss on ANIMAL PLANET..I bet you watch SCOOBY DO ....

1633 days ago
24.

Rather be an Athiest    

Most people don't get second chances in this country and society. Good for him and AP for doing the right thing. We should never throw away a person because nobody is the worse thing they've ever done. Otherwise I'm sure most of the people reading TMZ would be in prison.

1633 days ago
25.

Cheese925    

Yaa right!!!! Obvious case of re-inventing themselves. I'm sure he wasn't a Blood especially back in the 80's. And if he was in jail for drugs.

1633 days ago
26.

hockeygrl    

I love that show, I think he has great determination and he does wonderful things for those dogs, on a recent episode he was with his sister and they were discussing how he wound up in jail and how he's really tried to turn things around-well I think he's done a fantastic job for himself and the pits, I wish him much luck and happiness
p.s., can we get Micheal Vick to appear on his show???

1633 days ago
27.

Em    

They show his mugshot on the show, whats the big deal?

1633 days ago
28.

Mikey    

It make sense to include one of two midgets in your gang. They can break into places other people can't fit.

1633 days ago
29.

London not England    

Do Smidgits have "normal" sized penises????

Enquiring Gay minds wanna know?

1633 days ago
30.

necyscruiser    

Good work TMZ and yes he was a member of the gang and yes there are all races in the bloods. Love this little guy he has a good heart and is tuff as nails.

1633 days ago
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