Sometimes, something happens in your life that changes you forever. Sometimes, that something causes you to fight to change the world around you. So it was for Doug James when he rescued a ten-week-old puppy who was beaten and then set on fire in the street near his home. Doug not only chased away the puppy’s assailants, he took that puppy in. Through numerous surgeries and the healing process that followed, Doug and Gucci were a team and they were together for the next 16 years.
In spite of Doug’s best efforts to see that Gucci’s three abusers were punished, he soon found out that the laws in his state did not adequately protect animal victims. Doug then rolled up his sleeves and worked with his legislators to get the “Gucci Bill” passed and so changed Alabama law to make domestic animal abuse a felony.
Gucci’s story is now told in a feature length documentary. A Dog Named Gucci, produced by Gorman and Kristine Bechard, interviews Doug James himself, as well as the people who were there throughout Gucci’s recovery and who played key roles in making history. The film brings home the point that by getting involved we can effect change.
There will be a free screening of A Dog Named Gucci at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Room 101 of Yale University’s Linsly-Chittenden Hall, located at 63 High Street, in New Haven, CT. This is likely the last screening before the film’s release on DVD in April.
For more information about A Dog Named Gucci, visit the website, check out the Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To preorder your copy of the DVD, click here.