TV Time for Our End Dogfighting Campaign, One 'Lucky' Dog (VIDEO)

11/22/2010 06:44 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Wayne Pacelle President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States

We all know it's important to pass laws to prevent cruelty. But what happens when the perpetrators aren't hardened criminals, but misguided kids who grew up thinking dogfighting is normal?

Benjamin Sykes and his rescued dog Lucky


Benjamin Sykes and Lucky.

Most kids have an instinctive connection to animals. But in many of America's cities, this connection is being turned on its head and young people are turning against animals and setting the stage for their own troubles to come in society.

It takes far more than punitive measures to stop the cycle of abuse here. We need to touch the hearts of these kids and show them a different way. That's exactly the goal of The Humane Society of the United States' End Dogfighting campaign.

In this recent PBS Chicago Tonight video segment, you'll meet the people working on the ground in some of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods -- offering free dog training and pet resources, and conducting programs in schools.

You'll also meet 14-year-old Benjamin Sykes and his dog Lucky. When Ben found Lucky, the pit bull was near death in an alley. Ben gave Lucky compassion, though he didn't have the tools or knowledge to properly care for him. That's where The HSUS stepped in. Watch how we are changing lives -- both human and canine.

This post originally appeared on Pacelle's blog, A Humane Nation.