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March 14, 2013

Many programs for the kids at Animal Rights Day

Andover law school hosts free annual event

Kids will have a chance to see animal tricks and demonstrations are part of a day long Animal Rights Day at the Massachusetts School of Law on Federal Street in town.

A full slate of topical animal issues, including recent legal battles and issues related to animal rights and animal cruelty, will be presented by animal rights experts, while the animal demonstrations will hold the interest of even young attendees. The Andover law school’s seventh annual Animal Rights Day on Saturday, March 30, starts at 8 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

A police dog demonstration will be presented by the Essex County Sheriff’s department. Other kids’ activities will include an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, face painting, animal crafts, and Boo the Pony. The Andover Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck to demonstrate its equipment to attendees.

NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled American, an organization that provides independence to people who are deaf or have a disability through the use of canine assistance, will also be at the event, as will BlueDog, a local company that provides a full range of canine-related services.

A complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m. will kick off the event; a complimentary lunch will also be provided.

Copies of the book, Please Can We Keep the Donkey?, written by MSL professors Diane Sullivan and Holly Vietzke, will be on sale. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the Shadow Fund, established by the law school to assist animals with medical needs. The fund was the outgrowth of donations collected by the school to help a local Vietnam Veteran named Robert Burke whose dog, Shadow, required surgery that Burke was unable to afford.

Although not required, MSL organizers request an e-mail from anyone interested in attending. The e-mail should be sent to animallaw@mslaw.edu, with “Plan to Attend” in the subject line.

The event will take place at the Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., off River Road in Andover. For more information call MSL at 978-681-0800.

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