SOURCE: Eileen Koch and Company

December 10, 2007 19:29 ET

Dogfighter Michael Vick Sentenced

Last Chance for Animals Urges Activists to Thank Judge Henry Hudson

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a non-profit animal rights organization with 23 years experience opposing dogfighting, today applauds U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson for the sentencing of Michael Vick. Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and three years probation for his role in the "Bad Newz Kennels" dogfighting operation and his participation in the brutal killing of several dogs that did not "perform well" in testing sessions.

LCA President and Founder Chris DeRose stated, "The Vick sentencing is certainly a victory for the animals. Judge Henry Hudson did a remarkable job in keeping the animal cruelty at the forefront of this case. LCA would like to urge animal activists across the country to contact Judge Henry Hudson and thank him for taking a strong stance in the sentencing and on behalf of the animals."

DeRose also observed a positive result of this case: "For the first time in my life, after trying to expose dogfighting for 23 years, America is waking up to this national disgrace and reacting appropriately. Americans are learning about the prevalence of dogfighting throughout our country, and are properly disgusted and outraged. That outrage must now be turned into action."

Last Chance for Animals is one of the most well-respected animal rights organizations in the country. LCA focuses on major investigations of animal cruelty cases. In cooperation with law enforcement, LCA has been working actively to end dogfighting and all other forms of animal cruelty since 1984. Please go to to see how you can help end animal cruelty!

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

For more information on LCA or to interview Chris DeRose, please contact Eileen Koch @ Eileen Koch & Company, 310.441.1000 or e-mail at Please visit

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