When I initially stumbled upon the subject, I was living in Lakewood, Ohio, a suburb just west of Cleveland. It was in April of 2007 when NFL star quarterback, Michael Vick, was suspected of dogfighting. A few months prior, I was already researching animal cruelty to base a film project on, and took it as a sign. The new documentary would focus on dogfighting, with an emphasis on the victims of the crime: the dogs.
Soon after, research led me to stories about this law called breed specific legislation, where family dogs who have done nothing wrong were being carted away and killed because of how they looked. It was no secret, dogs are dying in shelters every day, but some of the dogs impacted by this law already had homes and families who loved them. I don't know exactly which rock I came from, but until then I had never heard of this before in my, at the time, 30 years. Being a Cleveland area native and Ohio resident, this absolutely shocked me. I mean, I live in a state that had a law singling them out specifically, and I didn't even know. I only wondered who else was naïve to this, and how many families could be affected by something that seemed so callous and cruel, and simply unnecessary. For this reason, I decided to add a chapter in the film on breed specific laws.