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9/4/08: Pets in America

Trainer Ann Alums pets Meryl, a pit bull rescued from the Michael Vick dog fighting ring at Best Friends' DogTown.

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – Just a few days after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, people from around the country were sending half a ton of food - hourly - to the animal rescue center set up in Mississippi. The historian Katherine Grier says that Americans have developed a culture of kindness towards animals. We've enjoyed their company for hundreds of years and our relationship to pets reflects broader changes in the country. Thursday, Doug talks to Grier about Americans and their pets through the years. They're also joined by Michael Mountain of Utah's Best Friends Animal Society for a look at what happens when that ethos breaks down.

  • Tonight, Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m., Michael Mountain and some canine friends be at Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore for a reading and signing of "Dogtown." For more information, click here or call (801)328-2586.
  • Friday evening, September 5th, the National Geographic Channel begins a new season of Dogtown with a look at the "Vicktory Dogs" rescued by Best Friends Animal Society from Michael Vick's dogfighting kennels. Click here to learn more about the series and to check listings.

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