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Fred M. Kray, Esq.

fredFred M. Kray, Esq. is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Florida since 1977. He is AV rated in Martindale Hubbell, the highest peer rating a lawyer can achieve. An Adjunct Professor of Animal Law, he has lectured the Florida Bar on veterinary malpractice and the practice of animal law.  He has tried over 75 civil jury trials to verdict throughout Florida.  Co-counsel in Criscuolo v. Grant County, he has sucessfully litigated against Breed Specific Legislation.  Formerly Board Certified in Civil Law, he has recently co-authored "Defending Dangerous Dogs" for American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts.  He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Kris Diaz

diazKris Diaz runs StopBSL, a major part of the Pit Bulletin Legal News Network. She is a professional artist specializing in glass sculpture. As an artist, she has the flexibility to pursue other interests. Over time, a specific passion for dogs took the forefront. Focusing mostly on legislative advocacy and community outreach initiatives, Kris became the Assistant Director of Pit Bull Soldiers in Wilmington, Delaware and is actively working on issues relating to Breed  Specific Legislation, including effective ways to advocate against it.

Laura Hayes, Esq.

Laura Hayes maintains the Pit Bulletin Legal News Radio website. Laura is an attorney and currently resides in the Boston area. Laura grew up in Vermont, then attended Boston University where she earned a degree in journalism. She then studied Classical Philosophy, Arabic, and Islam; worked as a proofreader and copyeditor; and finally became a web developer. Later she returned to Boston University to get a law degree. During law school, Laura spent a summer drafting criminal appeals for the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender. After graduation she worked as a law clerk with the Connecticut Superior Court.

Last fall, Laura adopted Ajax, a pit bull, from the MSPCA. Since then she's been working hard at turning Ajax—a rambunctious, high drive adolescent-—into a model canine citizen and breed ambassador.

Deirdre Franklin

Deirdre Franklin Pinups for PitbullsDeirdre Franklin is a graduate of Drexel University and has completed her Master of Science Degree in Public Policy. Her sixty three page thesis was entitled Public Policy: Community Safety Through Breed Bans? She is most well known, however, for founding Pinups for Pitbulls, which creates a yearly calendar filled with the nostalgia of the Pinup and the beauty of pit bulls. This allows her educational mission to reach people that are outside of the "pit bull community." She was voted by the people as the 1st Place Winner of "Voice to Stop Illegal Dogfighting" for American Dog Magazine's 2011 Humanitarian Awards. She recently lobbied her Congressman in Washington, D.C. to sponsor the Dog Fighting Amendment in Farm Bill (S. 1947/H.R. 2492 Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act). She worked as an emergency responder at the World Trade Center after 9/11 and traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina personally looking for dogs, cats, and any other living creature left behind.

Yvette Van Veen

Yvette Van Veen Awesome DogsYvette Van Veen is a Canadian Dog trainer who runs Awesome Dogs and has a dog training column in the Toronto Star. She has appeared in magazines, radio and television. Her training approach makes science accessible. She offers positive and humane advice without compromising structure. After college she went to work in investment banking, but her passion for animals rekindled and she began her journey which has led her to become an experienced dog trainer.

Jim Crosby

crosbyJim Crosby, CBCC-KA, consults with Animal Control and Law Enforcement authorities on serious and fatal dog attacks, combining crime scene investigation, detailed interviews, and dog evaluation to give a detailed behavioral analysis of the incident. He is working on a book entitled "Working the Worst: A Guide to Investigating Dog Related Fatalities" to be released this year. He is a professional dog trainer, retired police lieutenant from the Jacksonville, Florida sheriff's office and former Animal Control Division Manager. His website is www.canineaggression.blogspot.com and he can be reached at 904-476-7655.

Denise Yeakey

Denise YeakeyDenise Yeakey runs live chat room during each show and loves conversing with the listeners and hearing their stories. She attended the University of Florida where she majored in Criminolgy before moving back to Miami to attend law school at St. Thomas University. Having finally completed her education ( she hopes), she is now pursuing things she is passionate about such as animal rights. She is the proud mom of two dogs, Maya and Abigail and a cat, Mr. Darcy. She hopes to see pit bulls back in Miami-Dade County and an end to breed discriminatory legislation.