SOURCE: Last Chance for Animals

February 12, 2007 18:57 ET

Stolen Dogs and Broken Hearts: Learn How to Protect Your Pet This Valentine's Day

Come Out for Pet Theft Awareness Day 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 12, 2007 -- February 14th of every year, Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a national, non-profit animal rights organization, raises public awareness of a threatening epidemic -- pet theft.

Approximately 2 million animals are stolen every year. Many are taken under false pretenses through "free to good home" ads or are abducted from their yards. These animals are then sold to research laboratories, dog fighting rings or puppy mills, where they are abused and often killed.

HBO documented LCA's latest harrowing investigation into pet theft in the documentary "Dealing Dogs." Following an LCA investigator as he goes undercover to document the conditions at an Arkansas kennel, the film raised important questions about where animals used in medical research come from and proved that many of these animals are in fact stolen pets.

LCA has seen first hand where stolen pets end up and aims to raise awareness about proper pet identification and theft prevention. This year marks the 19th annual National Pet Theft Awareness Day and LCA will be at local Los Angeles dog parks handing out life saving pet theft information, free treats, toys and microchipping coupons. The LCA 'Animal News Van' will be making a special appearance, playing the HBO documentary "Dealing Dogs," which has recently been nominated for a 2007 Genesis Award for Best Documentary.

                  What: Pet Theft Awareness Day 2007

                    When: Wednesday, February 14th

                      Where: Local L.A. Dog Parks:

10 - 11:30am             12 - 1:30pm               2 - 3:30pm
Runyon Canyon Dog Park   Laurel Canyon Dog Park    Sepulveda Basin Dog Park
2000 North Fuller        8260 Mulholland Drive     17550 Victory Boulevard
Studio City, 90046       Encino, 91406             Los Angeles, 90046

Come out and change the way you celebrate Valentine's Day. Visit www.stolenpets.com.

Thank you to Three Dog Bakery (Sherman Oaks) & Centinela Feed (Beverly Hills) for their generous donations!

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 www.LCAnimal.org.

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