Political Dog Fighting in Sacramento Takes a Break for Abused Dog's Benefit

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 24, 2016 / comments

It's the rare issue that brings together Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento, but it seems that one thing no one likes, regardless of their political party, is animal abuse. 

Assemblymen Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, are pursuing a bill this session that would change the definition of "vicious dog" to allow for more canines rescued from abusive situations to be rehabilitated. 

As part of the push for AB 1825, which is co-authored by another 20 lawmakers, they will welcome the public to a free screening of the documentary "The Champions," about the dogs rescued from football player Michael Vick's fighting ring, 5:30 p.m. at the Crest Theater on K Street. 

"The Champions is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and those who risked it all to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society of the United States to euthanize the dogs.  It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more than just dogs—about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals."

The event is hosted by Best Friends Animal Society, an animal welfare organization that is sponsoring AB 1825: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1825 

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