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Meet the guests who have appeared on Pit Bulletin Legal News Radio.

Erica Daniel

danielErica Daniel is the founder of Dolly's Foundation which rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes neglected and abused pit bull type dogs. She attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL where she received a degree in Zoo Animal Technology. She currently works with the SPCA to help with Pit Bull Education Classes, and organizes free spay and neuter for underserved neighborhoods. Dolly, pictured left, was on the steps of the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida when Senate Bill 722 was passed, giving fighting dogs a chance at rehabilitation.

Stephanie Filer

filerStephanie Filer is co-founder of the ARL Pit Crew and Manager of Special Gifts & Partnerships for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. She has been a tireless advocate against Breed Discriminatory Legislation in Iowa. Her efforts, along with others, have helped to repeal BDL in Perry, Iowa, and prevented BDL from being passed in Newton, IA. ARL has been laying the groundwork in Des Moines, IA, to repeal the law that labels pit bulls vicious and thus subject to "dangerous dog" restrictions.  Through a low key political strategy, she and ARL are now ready to step into the political arena and attempt to repeal Des Moines' BDL which has been in effect in for years.

Lori Weise

weiseLori Weise founded Downtown Dog Rescue in LA over a decade ago. Working with the homeless and their companion animals, Lori has gone into some of the most underserved neighborhoods to facilitate owners keeping their dogs rather than taking them to the shelter. In the area she serves, shelter intake rates have dropped significantly. Operation Safety Net allows owners who become ill, incarcerated or otherwise temporarily unable to care for their dogs, to be housed at DDR's facility.  This video, will give you a much better idea of Lori's day to day schedule.  You will also meet some of the fantastic people who help her get the job done.

Kim Wolf

wolfKim Wolf has been involved in animal welfare over many years. Her dog, Sarge, a pit bull, was adopted late in life at age 14. For two years she worked with him as certified therapy dog with Pals For Life in Wayne, Pennsylvania, visiting nursing homes and hospitals, bringing joy to the people there. She worked at the Pennsylvania SPCA, Animal Farm Foundation and recently moved to Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida.

Cynthia Bathurst

bathurstCynthia Bathurst is a long time Chicago organizer and Executive Director of Safe Humane Chicago. Some of the successful programs of Safe Humane Chicago come out of a group she founded call DAWG (Dog Advisory Work Group). In 2009 the American Veterinary Medical Association awarded her their Humane Award, given to a non-veterinarian who has advanced animal well being, shown exemplary dedication to the care of animals, and contributed to the community and society. Cynthia also is an advisor to the National Canine Research Council and is a member of the City of Chicago's City Clerk's Dog Owner Task Force. She is co-author of a strategic assessment manual through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing services (COPS), entitled The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters, August 2011. 

Melissa Roberts-Schlough

schloughMelissa Roberts-Schlough founded banbslnm.org in January 2012. She also currently serves as the Executive Director of the non-profit, No Kill, companion animal welfare organization, New Mexico Pets Alive!.  Melissa enlisted the help of several other dog guardians in New Mexico and Ban BSL in New Mexico was launched on facebook on January 13, 2012.

Aimee Sadler

sadlerAimee Sadler is the Director of Training and Behavior for the Southhampton Animal Shelter Foundation and founder of Point of View Training and Consulting. She is a nationally recognized trainer specializing in behavioral problems. Her techniques have been derived from twenty five years of working with multiple species, from dogs to cats, from exotics to marine mammals. Since 1998, Aimee's main interest has been working with dogs at animal shelters. Her vision has been to create and implement training and behavior modification programs that prove invaluable to the well being of animals in shelters. This includes helping shelters implement play groups so that the dogs can release their energy, learn social skills, and "show" better on the adoption floor. Aimee has travelled around the country presenting "Playing for Life" at international animal welfare and professional dog training conferences. Aimee was one of the proud recipients of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award in 2012.

Stacey Coleman

colemanStacey Coleman is Executive Director of The Animal Farm Foundation. When she’s not at AFF, where she directs all aspects of the Foundation’s activities, Stacey travels across the country to address national and regional conferences, meet with animal welfare leaders, and consult with stakeholders on ways to better serve dogs and citizens in their community. Stacey has a degree in American Sign Language and has worked as a nationally certified ASL interpreter. She shares her life with seven dogs and six cats.

Robert Hensley, Esq.

hensleyRobert Hensley, Esq. is an attorney, filmmaker, and board member for the Coalition to Unchain Dogs. The Coalition was founded in Durham, North Carolina in 2007 to provide free spay/neuter, vaccinations, and fences for dogs that would otherwise live continuously chained outdoors. In 2009, he and his wife produced "untethered," a documentary about the Coalition's successful grassroots effort to pass anti-tethering legislation in Durham. Hensley earned his B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. He began his legal career as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge David C. Bramlette, III.

Yvette Herrell

herrellYvette Herrell is a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives representing District 51. She was elected in 2010. In 2013, Ms. Herrell proposed HB 63, prohibiting cities and counties from passing breed discriminatory legislation in the State of New Mexico. The bill would prohibit "home rule" entities from passing such legislation. The bill is currently making its way through the legislative process.

Roo Yori

yoriRoo Yori, with his wife Clara, is the owner/guardian of Wallace the Pit Bull, who is the subject of Jim Gorant's book Wallace - The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls - One Flying Disc at a Time.

Roo and Clara rescued Wallace from a shelter, and Roo partnered with Wallace in flying disc championships across the nation, competing against Border Collies and other breeds known for their agility. Despite long odds, Wallace, through energy and determination, was able to win, and in the process change the perception of Pit Bulls in a positive way. Wallace's influence continues, as Roo takes Wallace to book signings where he meets and greets people who have never seen a pit bull before. Wallace will travel to BadRap with his buddy Hector (a Vick fighting dog) for a Vick Fighting dog reunion on October 27, 2012.

Wallace was the recipient of PBLNN's "2012 Advocate of the Year" award, which has been renamed The Wallace Award. Wallace's legacy will therefore continue, and he will be remembered each October when The Wallace Award is presented.