SOURCE: Last Chance for Animals

September 13, 2007 18:57 ET

Animal Protection Activists Mark Puppy Mill Awareness Day

Rock Star Rikki Rockett and Actor/Author Chris DeRose to Lead Two Major Events in Lancaster County and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

LANCASTER, PA--(Marketwire - September 13, 2007) - National and Pennsylvania animal protection activists will converge upon Lancaster County, PA, "The Puppy Mill Capital of the East Coast," for two major events September 14 and 15 to commemorate Puppy Mill Awareness Day -- including a protest march through the streets of Lancaster County!

On Friday, September 14, Chris DeRose, President and Founder of Last Chance for Animals (LCA), rock star Rikki Rockett of Poison and others will lead the Candlelight Vigil on the front steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Event organizers will be providing free bus rides between Lancaster and Harrisburg for attendees and their dogs.

What:  Candlelight Vigil in honor of Puppy Mill Awareness Day

When:  Friday, September 14, 2007, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Where: State Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA (front steps)

Who:   Chris DeRose, President and Founder of LCA and rock
       star Rikki Rockett of Poison.

On Saturday, September 15, more than 20 organizations will join forces for a major rally in Intercourse Community Park in Ronks, PA. Speakers will include Chris DeRose of LCA, Jesse L. Smith, Special Deputy Secretary Dog Law Enforcement, Dept. of Agriculture and Arthur Evangelista, Former U.S. FDA Investigator.

What:  Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2007 and Protest March Through
       Lancaster County

When:  Saturday, September 15, 2007, 10:00am-4:00pm

Where: Intercourse Community Park
       Leacock Township in Lancaster County
       3730 Old Philadelphia Pike
       Ronks, PA 17534

Who:   Chris DeRose of LCA and many others

Puppy Mill Awareness Day is held every September in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Lancaster has more puppy mills per capita than any other county in the United States. Puppy mills, most of which are inspected and licensed by the USDA, are notorious for their filthy, overcrowded conditions and the unhealthy dogs they produce. Puppy mills are also the leading contributor to animal shelter overcrowding and the mass euthanasia that follows. Please visit

Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a national animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, has been active for more than two decades. Founded and led by animal expert, author, and actor, Chris DeRose, LCA fights for the rights of animals by conducting investigations that expose animal cruelty. For more information, visit

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