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Chew On This Michael Vick, St. Paul Saints to Give Out 1500 Chew Toys at August 21 Game

August 1, 2007 - American Association (AA) St. Paul Saints

ST. PAUL, MN (August 1, 2007) - Every dog must have its day, and in the case of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, the dogs' day has come.

The St. Paul Saints Baseball Club and the newly merged Humane Society have partnered to present a Michael Vick chew toy giveaway during the Saints August 21 game.

Vick, who is being indicted on dogfighting charges, will be featured on the toy shaped like the Falcons quarterback, clad with a black and red jersey with the number seven on his chest. The first 1,500 fans who enter the ballpark will receive the chew toy.

The idea was presented to the Saints via e-mail by a fan living in Texas who wished to remain anonymous.

"This goes to show that often times the best ideas come directly from our fans," said Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Derek Sharrer. "This idea really gave us something to chew on."

The newly merged Humane Society is a statewide education, advocacy, and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the lives and interests of Minnesota's animals. It consists of five shelters in St. Paul, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, Buffalo and Woodbury. They have the only humane investigation department in the state. They use two full-time and one part-time officer who cover the entire state in response to requests for services on issues of abuse, neglect hoarding, puppy mills and dogfighting. The newly merged Humane Society's Humane Investigations department works to interpret and enforce federal and state welfare laws. It also responds to a large variety of complaints involving animal cruelty and/or neglect. The majority of reports involve lack of food, water and shelter. The officers receive 3,000 requests for service every year.

"The Saint Paul Saints have found a unique way of highlighting a very grim issue," said Janelle Dixon, CEO of the newly merged Humane Society. "Our investigation department handles these and other shocking cases every day, responding to more than 3,000 requests for service a year on behalf of companion animals. When you support our local independent non-profit organization, you are fighting animal abuse throughout the state. "

A portion of the proceeds from the August 21 game versus (fittingly) the Lincoln Saltdogs, will be donated to their unit.

Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and gates will open at 6:00 p.m. For tickets contact the Saints ticket office at 651-644-6659 or visit saintsbaseball.com.

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