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‘A Southern Fix’ sheds spotlight on animals’ fate

Staff Reports • Mar 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM

A documentary by two Tennessee filmmakers that examines the issue of pet overpopulation in the United States will have its Middle Tennessee premiere April 8 at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon.

A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and experts featured in the film will follow the film’s screening.

For “A Southern Fix”, filmmakers Michael Samstag and Josh Gildrie traveled the country to interview animal protection leaders, animal advocates, veterinarians and other experts to get perspectives on a solution to the overpopulation and overproduction of companion animals and the subsequent killing of adoptable pets.

“The facts are startling,” said Samstag, the film’s director. “Approximately 3 million to 4 million companion animals are put to death each year throughout the United States. That boils down to more than 9,000 animals every day, 399 every hour and more than 6 animals per minute. That’s too many. Yet, there are people who just don’t want this documentary made. They don’t want to talk about millions of animals slaughtered each year. They don’t want to think about the animal rights legislation and sterilization laws. And to that we say, ‘too bad.’ This needs to be done.”

Animal Rescue Corps, one of the groups featured in the film, has assisted law enforcement agencies across Tennessee in addressing more than 20 cases of cruelty and neglect in the last five years. It was ARC’s work in Gibson County during a 2014 puppy mill raid,

Operation Home for the Holidays, that caught the eye of the filmmakers, and puppy mills in Tennessee are heavily featured in the documentary.

“Animal Rescue Corps is proud to be one of many voices in this brave and compelling film and honored to have our work represented alongside a great number of others who have committed themselves to creating a more compassionate world,” said ARC president Scotlund Haisley. “I believe ‘A Southern Fix’ is an important documentary for anyone to see because it instills viewers with the knowledge they need to make responsible changes in their own lives and to take action to make necessary changes in our society.”

NewsChannel5’s Nick Beres will be the host for the April 8 event at the Capitol Theatre. It will kick off with a VIP event from 6:30-8 p.m. The evening is a joint fundraiser with proceeds to benefit Animal Rescue Corps and the filmmakers, Rescue Docs Media. The one-hour-and-15-minute film will start at 8 p.m., and a question-and-answer session will follow. Tickets are $50 for the VIP event prior to the screening and $15 for general admission to the film.

Tickets for the event are available at http://ow.ly/YZ1aQ.

For more information about “A Southern Fix,” visit rescuedocsmedia.com.

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