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February 27, 2010

The HSUS Holds ‘Spotlight Humane: Chicago’ to Battle Dogfighting

Actress Jorja Fox hosts; Chicago legislator and veterinary team honored

CHICAGO — The Humane Society of the United States held the fifth annual Spotlight Humane: Chicago fundraiser to benefit its End Dogfighting in Chicago program, which works with reformed dogfighters and at-risk youth to change the perceptions of pit bulls from fighters to friends. Actress Jorja Fox, of the CBS hit crime drama "CSI," hosted the event, which was held at the Hotel Sofitel Water Tower.

"As a dog lover, I am honored to be the host of The Humane Society of the United States' Spotlight Humane: Chicago," Fox said. "All proceeds from this event benefit the End Dogfighting in Chicago campaign, which reaches directly into high-risk communities. No one else in the country is doing more than The HSUS to end dogfighting."

The event also paid homage to Dr. Derrick and Mrs. Jennifer Landini from Animal Ark Veterinary Clinic. The husband and wife team received Humane Chicago Awards for their contributions toward the fight to protect animals in the Chicago area. Additionally, state Rep. Marlow Colvin, D-Chicago, was awarded The HSUS' Illinois State Legislator of the Year award for championing H.B. 69, a bill that gave Illinois law enforcement agencies the tools needed to crack down on animal fighting spectators.

"Dr. and Mrs. Landini have held free shot clinics for the Austin and Englewood communities and are valued partners for End Dogfighting in Chicago," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, about the honorees. "Representative Colvin is a great friend to the cause of animal protection and thanks to him, animal fighters face stiff punishment."

End Dogfighting in Chicago is an innovative, community-based program that works to steer at-risk youth away from dogfighting through street-level intervention, free dog training classes, humane education in Chicago public schools, religious leader outreach and collaboration with law enforcement. The HSUS program is now active in the Austin and Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago. For more information about End Dogfighting in Chicago, please visit humanesociety.org/enddogfighting.

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