Dogs Deserve Better LogoFounder to attend, condemns dog-fighting as ‘worst form of cruelty imaginable’Tipton, PA — July 25, 2007 — Dogs Deserve Better, a national nonprofit working to end the suffering endured by dogs kept chained or penned for life, announced today that the group will join the Virginia Voters for Animal Welfare in a rally at the Thursday court appearance for Michael Vick in Richmond, Virginia.

Tammy Grimes, founder of the organization, will make the trip to Richmond for the 3:00 p.m. rally. “This case is too crucial for those of us who fight for humane treatment for dogs to miss, and I implore all those who are in agreement to make the trip. Dog fighting takes our issue to the utmost levels of cruelty imaginable; not only are the dogs short-chained on thick logging chains to build their muscles and frustration, but they are then subjected to horrendous deaths for the enjoyment of sick individuals.

As a rescuer, I’ve seen my share of unintended dog fights, and I know many rescuers (including myself), who have been bitten trying to break up a fight between two dogs who take a dislike to one another. Those brief moments before you stop the struggle are absolutely terrifying—I cannot imagine actually WANTING dogs to fight, much less allowing it to continue to the death.

While in New Orleans after Katrina, a well-meaning individual put a pit covered in scars into the doggie play area…It took 7 people to pry the trained fighter off the old, shaggy dog; his screams filled the air for what seemed like hours. I will never forget the distress of all those in attendance, all those who cared enough about both dogs to put a stop to the attack.

I implore dog lovers the world over to help us finally end this intensely cruel practice.”

Attendees to the rally are asked to meet at 9th and Bank Streets, and wear black business attire in remembrance of the fighting dogs of Surry County. Members of Virginia’s General Assembly have been invited, and further information can be obtained from DDB/VVAW member Lisa Hetrick at 804-306-0418.

Dogs Deserve Better is a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Tipton, Pennsylvania, is the 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA Pet Protector Award, and currently has over 150 area reps in 38 states as well as in Canada and France.

Tammy S. Grimes (
Executive Director
Dogs Deserve Better
P.O. Box 23
Tipton, PA 16684
Phone : 814.941.7447
Fax : 814.742.8679

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