Katherine Heigl told reporters at the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation and Last Chance For Animals press conference in Los Angeles yesterday that "We really want to open people's eyes to be more compassionate, to be more aware, and helping us make sure this kind of thing doesn't happen again."

She was referring to the harrowing case of a pit bull that was hog-tied and left to die in south Bakersfield about a week ago. Authorities arrested 52 year old James Worley last week on a felony charge of animal cruelty. He's accused of torturing the pit bull and leaving it for dead.

Katherine added, "The thing is that you don't want to give up on these animals. Just because they've been through what they've been through doesn't mean that they can't have an enjoyable, happy, loving life."

She also spoke about the pit bull breed and how they have a bad reputation which she felt was undeserved, due to the fact that many people misunderstand their nature.