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Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

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November 5, 2007

Lunch Speaker Event on Dog Fighting with Two Chicago Police Officers on November 13

WHAT: "Dogfighting in Chicago" is a presentation by Sgt. Eldon Urbikas and Officer Thomas Barker of the Chicago Police Department's Animal Crimes Unit.

So far this year, the Animal Crimes Unit has logged more than 40 arrests related to alleged dogfighting operations and animal abuse. During the same period, the unit recovered more than 120 dogs that were allegedly abused. According to the unit’s statistics, there is a strong link between crimes against people and crimes against animals. Seventy percent of individuals charged with animal cruelty over a three-year period studied also had prior felony arrests on battery, weapons and drug charges.

The department’s proactive stance against animal cruelty makes it a leader among other law enforcement agencies and earned it a 2007 Humane Law Enforcement Award from the Humane Society of the United States and the National District Attorneys Association.

The award, conferred on October 13, acknowledges the unit for “recognizing that illegal dogfighting rings were on the  rise in Chicago and creating the unit to dismantle the cruel practice’s strongholds there. Before the unit’s formation, only one officer was assigned to handle animal crimes...the unit [now] has nearly 10 specially-trained officers who handle animal crimes in all of the city’s districts.”

This event is open to the public and lunch will be served. No RSVP needed.

WHEN: November 13, 2007 Noon - 1:30 PM

WHERE: Room 370, Chicago-Kent College of Law

 

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