COLUMBUS, Ohio -- State Rep. Michael Stinziano is being honored by Ohio Voters for Companion Animals for his work against "puppy mills" and against animal cruelty.
Ohio Voters for Companion Animals is partnering with Rescue Me Ohio and 5414 Productions to host a screening of "Dog by Dog," a documentary about "puppy mills," this Wednesday, October 14, at the Drexel Theatre, 2254 East Main Street, in Bexley, OH.
The Columbus screening will be proceeded by a VIP Reception from 6:30-7:30 PM to honor individuals and groups who have made an impact in the fight against puppy mills and animal cruelty in Ohio, followed by the film's screening from 7:30-9:00 PM. A Question and Answer with special guests will take place immediately following the screening.
100% of proceeds will benefit educational and advocacy efforts of Ohio Voters for Companion Animals, Rescue Me Ohio, and the 5414 Productions DBD Educational Fund!
Premiers of the film around the countryhave been met with high reviews in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Raleigh, Hollywood, Fort Collins, Colo., Denver, and Ames, Iowa. The Ames premiere made history, drawing the largest theater attendance in the country this year for an independent documentary premiere. Here is a link to a trailer for the film: http://dogbydogdocumentary.com.
“We must do all we can to fight puppy mills in Ohio where profit many times is given priority over the well being of animals,” said Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat, whose family lives with two rescue pugs. “Dogs have long been considered ‘man’s best friend’ and deserve to be treated with care and respect.”
At the Statehouse, Stinziano has also worked to recognize service dogs and has sponsored legislation to designate a week in July as "Service Dog Awareness Week," in recognition of the important role that service dogs play in enhancing the lives of citizens with disabilities.