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Phoenix Rescue Dog To Star In Live-Action 'Lady And The Tramp'

Monte Lady and the Tramp
Halo Animal Rescue
Permission from Erin Denmark, [email protected]
Monte on his adoption day

STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Mark, we’ve heard those legendary stories: a movie director walks by and they find their next movie star. Of course, it didn't happen to you this time, but it happened to another Arizonan.

MARK BRODIE: Indeed, “Monte” was picked to be one of the lead stars in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake “Lady and the Tramp.” The 2-year-old terrier mix was rescued by HALO Animal Rescue last year. Hollywood scouts fell in love with the friendly mutt.

GOLDSTEIN: I, too, like spaghetti and meatballs, but I guess he was really the pick of the litter this time.

BRODIE: This dog is ... certainly getting his day. Woof.

Kaely Monahan joined KJZZ Original Productions as a producer in December 2016.Monahan is a native, and growing up in the East Valley gave her an intimate familiarity with the Valley of the Sun. Eager to experience a new city, she left Phoenix for Tucson to earn her degree in classical studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in mythology. Several years later, her focus transitioned from history to history-in-the-making and news. Monahan went on to earn her master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London.In London, Monahan worked with CBS News and The Times covering international news. On her return to Arizona, Monahan was the art and entertainment editor for the East Valley Tribune, before moving into broadcasting, where she worked in commercial radio as an anchor and reporter.Outside of work, Monahan spends her time reading historical novels, exploring new restaurants in the Valley, and watching movies. Her love of film led her to create a movie review podcast and website. Monahan is also the vice president of the Phoenix Critics Circle.