Having already endured the horror of being forced to fight just to stay alive, after their rescue from football player Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring the Pit Bulls who wanted nothing more than to put the pain of their shared past behind them found themselves in the middle of a battle of public opinion. While many felt that that the dogs’ lives should be ended, a few organizations took on the challenge of giving them a new lease on life.
Twenty-two Pit Bulls found their second chance at the no-kill sanctuary Best Friends Animal Society. In The Champions viewers follow the stories of five of the rescued dogs as they find families to love, and six canines who continue to live at the Southern Utah-based haven — a place that, for some, will be a forever home.
The documentary also shines a spotlight on BSL with help from professional baseball player Mark Buehrle, who has had to spend time away from both the two-and-four-legged members of his family because Slater, his Staffordshire Bull Terrier/American Bulldog, was not allowed to stay in Miami-Dade County during his human Dad’s days with the Miami Marlins, or in Ontario when Buehrle was traded to the Toronto Jays.
Special Screenings of The Champions
For fans of film and Fidos who would like to see the documentary on the big screen, Best Friends Animal Society will be hosting special screenings of The Champions in communities selected due to existing Breed Specific Legislation:
- March 2nd at 7 p.m.: AMC Mazza Gallerie in Washington D.C. (hosted by Best Friends Animal Society and Washington Humane Society)
- March 2nd at 7 p.m.: AMC Loews Boston Common 19 and IMAX in Boston, Massachusetts (hosted by Best Friends Animal Society and Animal Rescue League and MSPCA)
- March 3rd at 7 p.m.: AMC River East 21 in Chicago, Illinois (hosted by Best Friends Animal Society, Safe Humane and One Tail at a Time)
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