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Attorney Rebecca Huss to Speak on Animal Advocacy at Hudson Valley Community College on Sept. 29
Law professor served as court-appointed guardian for Michael Vick's pit bulls

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Attorney Rebecca Huss, who served as the court-appointed guardian of the pit bulls in the Michael Vick case, will speak at Hudson Valley Community College's Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.

A Valparaiso University law professor, Huss was recently awarded the American Bar Association's Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes exceptional work by a bar association member who has advanced the humane treatment of animals.

Ultimately, 47 of the 48 dogs involved in the Vick case were placed with rescue organizations and found permanent homes. Huss was credited for shepherding the process successfully. Most dog fighting cases that come to prosecution end with the dogs being euthanized.

The talk, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the college's Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department. The department began offering an Animal Advocacy certificate program this year, which includes courses in Animal Cruelty Investigation, Legal Issues for Animal Control, Lobbying and Legislating for Animal Protection, and Shelter and Rescue Management. The college's foundation received a $100,000 gift earlier this year to create the Bob Barker Animal Advocacy Fund, which is used to support the Animal Advocacy program at the college.

Huss teaches courses in business associations, mergers and acquisitions, animal law, securities regulation and business planning, and has fostered a popular and active animal law program at Valparaiso.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.