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

Richard Rosenthal, Esq.

rosenthalRichard Rosenthal, Esq. is general counsel and co-founder of The Lexus Project, an organization which help dogs facing death or incarceration as a dangerous dog. He uses a novel legal approach: putting the dog in a trust in which The Lexus Project is the "owner" of the dog. This separates the interest of the "human" owner who may have been at fault in the incident from the dog. 

 

 

Donald Cleary

clearyDonald Cleary is the Director of Communications and Publications for the National Canine Research Council. He recently retired as Director of Business Affairs for the Jane Rotrosen Agency, A New York literary agency. He travels and lectures on the issue of breaking the cycle of Breed Discriminatory Legislation. Regulating dogs by breed or appearance, whether in shelters or in our communities, destroys the human-canine bond. 

 

Tim Racer

racerTim Racer is a gifted animal handler and co-founder of BAD RAP. He helped assess and place Michael Vick's fighting dogs. He assisted the Humane Society of Missouri in assessing dogs from a dog fighting case and later, served the federal government again by doing the same for dogs housed by the Animal Welfare League of Iowa in what has been called "the largest dog fighting  operation in US history." He travels widely to present BAD RAP's lessons learned in housing, training, and placing pit bulls. Back home, he shares responsibility of training BAD RAP's foster dogs and educating their adopters. He's married to co-founder Donna Reynolds and is happily owned by four personal dogs. When he's not doing dog duty he's in his woodshop carving portraits of dogs. Join BAD RAP's Facebook page.

 

 

Jodi Preis

preisJodi Preis is the founder of Bless The Bullys, a Tennessee non-profit rescue and education effort dedicated to restoring the image of the American Pit Bull Terrier. Started as a rescue in 2004, the priority of Bless the Bullys has changed to a battle against Breed Specific Legislation across the country. Jodi runs a Yahoo group which keeps members up to date on issue regarding BSL. The most effective way to fight BSL is to stop it from being passed in the legislature.  Jodi works every day sending out BSL alerts and always remembers Tiffon, who was her inspiration. 

 

David Hunt

huntDavid Hunt is retired from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Columbus, Ohio after 30 years. For the past 20 years, Sgt. Hunt has been with the Special Investigations Unit. Since 2002, Sgt. Hunt has been the lead investigator for all dog fighting investigations and has executed 51 search warrants resulting in 67 felony dog fighting arrests. He has been published in the FBI National Academy Associate. He is a court recognized expert on dog fighting, and testified before the United States Congress in support of H.R. 817 making animal fighting a federal felony. Sgt. Hunt has conducted training for law enforcement on the topic of dogfighting in 28 states, serving as a consultant and instructor for the Humane Society of the United States.

 

 

 

Jean Keating

keatingJean Keating is co-founder of the Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates and President of the Lucas County (Ohio) Pit Crew. She was one of the most effective advocates in the successful repeal of Ohio's Breed Specific Legislation. "The failings of others should not restrict my rights. People can smoke and drink alcohol, even while pregnant. Those things have been proven to kill at alarming rates. There are millions of dogs in this country and less than 30 deaths per year from all breeds combined. That makes dogs remarkably safe....I recognize that even though I am a responsible owner, others may not be. Why does that behavior destroy my rights?...My own son was bitten by a dog a few years ago and that dog's owner has no restrictions. What is the sense in that?"  She is proud of Capone, a Canine Good Citizen certified rescue dog.

 

Jamie Buehrle

BuehrleJamie Buehrle has always been a dog lover and an advocate for canine rights. She is married to Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle, and they currently live in Fort Lauderdale with their pit bull who is banned in Miami.  Jamie and her family would not have come to the Marlins if there was not a place to live nearby that accepted pit bulls. She and her husband did a number of public service announcements in an attempt to get the Florida legislature to repeal Miami's pit bull ban.  While that effort failed, the ban is now on the ballot in Miami-Dade County for August 2012. "It's time to put an end, once and for all to canine discrimination in Florida.."   

Tamira Thayne

thayneTamira Thayne is the Founder of Dogs Deserve Better, a national nonprofit working to bring dogs out of the backyard and into the home and family. DDB has purchased Michael Vick's property where Bad Newz Kennels was located and is turning it into a rehabilitation center for abused dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer R. Edwards, Esq.

edwardsJennifer R. Edwards, Esq. is the founder of the Animal Law Center. She has turned her passion for animals into a career. She is a frequent legal commentator for local and national television, radio and newspaper regarding the evolution and current state of animal law, as well as on many of the recent high profile cases impacting animals and animal welfare. She teaches continuing legal education courses to other attorneys in the area of animal law, and works hard to pave new paths for legal remedies regarding animals. She is currently involved in a lawsuit against the City of Denver with respect to Pit bull service animals.  She can be reached through her website and she also has a Facebook page.  

 

Donna Reynolds

reynoldsDonna Reynolds is co-founder of BAD RAP. She works tirelessly to secure the future of the American Pit Bull Terrier as a cherished family companion. Her efforts, along with husband Tim Racer, in assessing and rehabilitating Michael Vick's fighting dogs are chronicled in Jim Gorant's book, The Lost Dogs. A committed educator, she's written several articles on pit bulls and develops many of BAD RAP's educational materials.  Ms. Reynolds presents the group's program models to audiences around the country. She directs "Pit Ed Camp" a week long intensive program for shelter workers. She shares her life with four personal dogs along with a never ending rotation of pit bull foster dogs. When things quiet down, she creates found object illustrations for book and magazine assignments.

 

 

 

Geoff Fleck, Esq.


fleckGeoff Fleck, Esq. was most recently an Assistant State Attorney, 8th Judicial Circuit, Gainesville, FL where he prosecuted felony cases including homicides and other violent crimes.  His passion, however, was the prosecution of animal cruelty and dog fighting cases. In 2009, Mr. Fleck prosecuted upwards of 50 felony animal cruelty cases many through verdict after jury trials. Every trial resulted in conviction, and every conviction, barring extraordinary circumstances, resulted in jail or a prison sentence. Fleck graduated from Emory University in 1972 with a BA and in 1975 graduated from the University of Miami Law School. He is now a contract attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.