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January 23, 2010

Brew City Bully Club Launches ‘End Dogfighting in Milwaukee’

Program Modeled After The HSUS’ Successful Campaign to Turn Youth From Urban Dogfighting

MILWAUKEE — Representatives from The Humane Society of the United States and the Brew City Bully Club, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization, announced on Saturday the launch of End Dogfighting in Milwaukee, a program modeled after The HSUS' successful End Dogfighting programs in Chicago and Atlanta.

"It is exciting to see a group like the Brew City Bully Club take on a program to help steer at-risk youth away from dogfighting," said Tio Hardiman, director of urban outreach for The HSUS. "We at The Humane Society of the United States are eager to provide advice and assistance during its implementation."

End Dogfighting in Milwaukee will strike the core of urban dogfighting by using the proven preventative methods of youth anti-violence intervention, dog training classes, community and religious leader outreach, and law enforcement partnerships.

"The End Dogfighting in Milwaukee program is going to break the cycle of abuse experienced by these youths and show that they can have a relationship with their dog of mutual respect and unconditional love," said Michelle Serocki, co-founder of the Brew City Bully Club. "That's a relationship that many of these young people have never experienced."

The launch of the program was marked by a kick-off party held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Washington Park pavilion. Artists Ray Nitti and G Womak performed at the event, which was hosted by DJ Boobah with guest DJs Homer Blow and V100's Reggie "Smooth Az Butta" Brown.

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