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Meet the guests who have appeared on Pit Bulletin Legal News Radio.

Matt Miner

minerMatt Miner is a vegan animal rescuer based in New York City and comic book writer of the upcoming series LIBERATOR from Black Mask Studios. Matt has worked for years on aboveground animal rights campaigns and is currently working to rescue animals lost and abandoned in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Matt and his wife also own and maintain, a website devoted to postive portrayal and stories of pit bull type dogs, the fight against Breed Discriminatory Legislation, and the rescue and adoption of dogs in need.

Christopher Bennett - Bully The Kid

billythekidChristopher "Bully The Kid" Bennett has been involved in the "Bully" World for five years. He is senior writer for Atomic Dogg Magazine and has written over 15 cover stories for the publication. Mr. Bennett has championed the "bully" breed with respect to fighting Breed Discriminatory Legislation, animal abuse and neglect across the country. A pilot episode focusing on his fight against animal cruelty in Alabama premiered on Animal Planet this past November.

Randy Grim

grimRandy Grim is the founder of Stray Rescue of St. Louis, MO. Starting as a one man operation, Mr. Grim has built Stray Rescue into two no kill shelters with 200 volunteers. His efforts created animal cruelty enforcement within St. Louis. Stray Rescue has several programs to help support the stray animals of St. Louis including Rescue and Rehabilitation, Animal Regulation, Trial Adoption Period, Running Buddies, Panda Program, Stray Rescue Hiking Club, Seniors for Seniors, Post Adoption Program, Community Collaboration, Shelter/Rescue Outreach, Abandoned Not Forgotten, Families with Paws, Shelter in Place, Pick One & Push and Teaching Love and Compassion.

Cory Smith

smithCory Smith is the director of The Humane Society of the United States' Pet Protection and Policy section. She currently works on policy and programs designed to strengthen pet ownership and keep more pets in homes for life. While at HSUS, she has helped develop and implement the Pets for Life Program, the Gulf Coast Spay-Neuter campaign and World Spay Day. She has contributed to Animal Sheltering magazine and developed numerous resources for  Prior to joining The HSUS, Smith worked in the animal care and control field, serving the community as an animal control officer, humane law enforcement officer, and field services supervisor for a high volume city agency. She also taught humane education in an urban school district, sat on a city wide anti-violence task force and co-intructed workshops on violence against women and animals. Cory holds a B.A. in sociology and a certificate of study in women's studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.

John Ensminger, Esq.

ensmingerJohn Ensminger, Esq. is an attorney and founder of the blog Dog Law Reporter, which defies categorization. It covers a broad range of topics from police and military dogs, dogfigting, dog parks, police liability for dog shootings, service and support dogs in the military, and the history of various dog breeds. Each article is thoroughly researched, documented and footnoted. One of the major themes in his blog is to question the policies issued by the VA and the Army with respect to service dogs whose owners have psychiatric disabilites.

Senator David Balmer - Colorado

balmerRepublican Senator David Balmer is a Colorado legislator who introduced a bill in the Colorado Senate requiring police to be trained for dog encounters. Teaming up with Jennifer Edwards, Esq., who helped write the bill, he has managed to get law enforcement behind the bill. He has reached across the aisle to the Democrats to create a bipartisan effort to pass the bill.

Ashley Mutch

mutchleyAshely Mutch lives in Philadelphia, PA. She has a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Women's Studies from Elmira College. She worked three years as a Humane Police Officer in Philadelphia. She discovered her passion for animal welfare throughout her time as an officer. She is currently working with the Humane Society of the United States as the Manager of the Pets For Life Program in Philadelphia. A video of what Pets For Life does can be seen here. Ashley is humbled by the love of the community she serves in North Philadelphia. She is absolutely in love with her 4 year old pit bull Gunner and 5 year old cat Lucky.

Drayton Michaels, CTC

michaelsDrayton Michaels has been working with dogs professionally for over a decade. In May of 2007, Drayton received his certification in dog training and behavioral consulting from the San Franscisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, directed by award winning author and dog expert, Jean Donaldson. He owns and operates Urban Dawgs and Pit Bull Guru. He offers modern, reward based training and behavior consulting for all dogs, but has a special place in his heart for pit bulls. Drayton released The Pit Bull Hoax in April 2009, addressing the BSL issue and providing legitimate and accurate information to legislators, media and communities.

Laura Handzel

handzelLaura Handzel is a Legislative Lawyer/Policy Analyst at Best Friends Animal Society. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude. She then went to the University of Wisconsin Law School where she received her J.D., with a Certificate of Special Training in Environmental Law & Policy Analysis. She is a member of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Libby Sherrill

sherrillLibby Sherrill wrote, produced and directed the documentary Beyond The Myththe first film to explore the topic of Breed Specific Legislation. She left an eight year career with Home and Garden Television (HGTV) to make the movie, despite having no experience in animal advocacy or filmmaking. She scheduled and managed over 30 screening in the U.S. and Canada prior to striking a North American distribution deal with Screen Media Films. Libby began screening the film in June 2010, but Beyond the Myth was not officially released by Screen Media until October 2, 2012. The film has been shown on Cable On-Demand via Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Rogers of Canada, and is now available on DVD, iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and Beyond the Myth was made at a time when there was very little positive media attention for pit bulls, and the legal landscape made challenges to Breed Specfic Legislation nearly impossible. The film gave advocates an energy and  passion that was sorely needed, and continues to inspire today. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Karnowski)

Lisa Prince Fishler

fishlerLisa Prince Fishler is owner and full time pet photographer at Printz Photography, and founder of HeARTS Speak, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports artists working to improve the image of shelter animals across the globe. The HeARTs Speak website allows photographers to volunteer to take professional photograph of shelter dogs, thus giving them a better chance at being adopted.