Tuesday, May 4, 2010 / 5:12 pm
Fighting Animal Abuse
The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation in conjunction with Last Chance For Animals and Kern County Animal Control, held a news conference today in Los Angeles to offer rewards to those who help bring animal abusers to justice.
The campaign which will be funded by the Heigl Foundation (co-founded by Katherine and her mother Nancy) was inspired by the harrowing case of "England", a dog in Bakersfield, California that was hog tied and left for dead in a muddy field.
Fortunately "England", who was named after one of the animal control officers, Kristen England, who rescued him in the area of Sandrini Road and Highway 99 south of Bakersfield on April 22nd, is making a good recovery from the ordeal. The dogs former owner James Worley, 52, of Bakersfield, has been arrested and faces a possible charge of felony animal cruelty.
Joined by Kern County Animal Control director Guy Shaw, Katherine and other animal advocacy officials announced that the rescued pit bull will find a new home with the Jason Heigl Foundation. The dog will have time to fully recover, rehabilitate and eventually adopted by a loving family.
Katherine also spoke about the reward program, telling reporters, "We will do everything possible to find the person or persons responsible and make sure they are made accountable and punished to the full extent of the law for their actions."
Nancy Heigl first heard about England's in an e-mail from another rescue group which compelled the duo to take care of the dog through their foundation. The pup will be transported by the foundation on Wednesday morning to the LA area, where he will begin his rehabilitation.