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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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31.

Steve    

All black gangs have to have at least one white guy. Who else can count the money?

1535 days ago
32.

SoCal Razzles    

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

Enquiring Gay minds wanna know?

Posted at 8:56AM on Feb 4th 2010 by Gay Guys Rule

---->YES. GO GET U SOME. AND WTF IS A SMIDGET? DON'T BE CALLING PEEPS OUT NOW, AIN'T UR PLACE AND DON'T LOOK CUTE.

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35. All black gangs have to have at least one white guy. Who else can count the money?

Posted at 1:10PM on Feb 4th 2010 by Steve

----> DUDE STEVE--YOU'RE REALLY STUPID. GO SHOOT UP SOME MORE HEROIN.

1535 days ago
33.

London not England    

#36-Steve...

STEVE YOU ARE WRONG FOR THAT!!!!!!! LOL............

1535 days ago
34.

London not England    

#37-razzzzzzzzles

A "SMIDGET" is a "small-midget"..........

I guess.....?!?!?!?

1535 days ago
35.

tarded    

Yeah TMZ- they explained ALL of that (had a mugshot too) on the first episode. Little late.

1535 days ago
36.

notalawyer    

Seriously, he's white. Him in the Bloods? Its like Orlando Jones being a member of the Klu Klux Klan. It aint gonna happen. I think TMZ made a typo. No way the bloods would have a white guy in their gang. Unless he was the token white guy for some afirmative action plan that the bloods were starting or something.

1535 days ago
37.

david    

Really Animal Planet!?!?!? you guys should be ashamed of yourselves giving murders a TV SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!

1535 days ago
38.

balls    

balls

1535 days ago
39.

kels    

You guys act like you went through hell to get his mugshot. lol He shows it in damn near every episode lol

1535 days ago
40.

Mrs Patrick Campbell    

shorty appears to be a homosexual!

1535 days ago
41.

Matt Mongelut    

This story is not that new. If you ever watched the show they say and show the mugshot that is shown here. Stop making a big deal about it and just watch the show and you will see what i'm talking about.

1535 days ago
42.

RabbleRouser    

Wow- who knew that the 'Bloods' street gang was such a diverse organization to work for.

1535 days ago
43.

vangold    

Poor guy. With his short stature, can you imagine how many times he gets blasted in the face by other people's farts?

1534 days ago
44.

to little    

I guess TMZ doesn't watch the show because they show his booking photo in the TV show credits at the beginning of the show.

I like how TMZ thinks they have a good story, when they actually make themselves look stupid

1534 days ago
45.

R.Zimmerman    

Well,if his Bloods history is true, the Crips must have been laughing their azzes off for decades now!

1534 days ago
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