SOURCE: Last Chance for Animals

March 19, 2008 21:48 ET

Actress Minnie Driver and Animal Activist Chris DeRose of Last Chance for Animals to Hold Press Conference to Help Locate Local Animal Predator

Media Alert: Press Conference -- Thursday

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) -

WHEN:  Thursday, March 20, 2008
       1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Kings Road Park, 1000 N Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA

WHAT: On February 11, "Hambone," a gentle, submissive pit bull mix, was stolen from outside the 7-11 store at the corner of Cahuenga and Yucca in Hollywood, California. He was stolen by two men driving a faded green work van with "W2" painted in big black letters on the driver's side. Others in the area have reported lost or stolen dogs as well. People have been asked to come forward if they have seen this van; a $10,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of Hambone.

Pet guardians need to be aware of this animal predator and that their dog could be next. Each year, thousands of pets are stolen in the Los Angeles area. This is an "Amber Alert" for dogs and their guardians.

For more information about Hambone, visit Hambone's guardian's YouTube page at

WHO: Actress Minnie Driver and Last Chance for Animals President Chris DeRose will be speaking and a picture of Hambone will be displayed. Dogs will be at park for b-roll.

Minnie Driver, currently starring in FX's "The Riches" for which she was nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award as Best Actress in a Dramatic Series, is an Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated English actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1997 film "Good Will Hunting."

Chris DeRose, animal expert, author and actor, is the President and Founder of Last Chance for Animals (LCA), an international non-profit animal advocacy organization based in Los Angeles. LCA's roots began in investigating and exposing the inherent cruelty of animal research. LCA fights for the rights of animals by conducting investigations that expose animal cruelty, launching public awareness campaigns, pushing animal friendly legislation and assisting in prosecutions of animal abusers. For additional information on LCA and its activities, visit

CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Minnie Driver or Chris DeRose, please call Lisa Beal at 310-271-6096 x27, 818-681-3672, or e-mail

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