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Friday, February 12, 2010

Mine has its local premiere at CMA

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 6:41 AM

A documentary about the pet ownership custody battles that took place in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mine makes its local debut at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall, showing at 7 tonight and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 14. Here's our review of the film.

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Mine (U.S., 2009) A documentary about what happened to all the pets left behind in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mine offers a sobering look at the attempts to rescue the pets and the custody battles that ensued when the pets ended up with foster families and their original owners tried to get them back. Because neither hotels nor shelters would take pets, many owners left their animals behind when they evacuated the city, locking them indoors with food and water. When the flood hit, the pets that survived wound up homeless. Volunteers went to the city and first tried to find their owners. If they were unable to do that, they placed them in foster homes. This documentary provides a balanced look at the situation complicated by the fact that many of the abandoned pets were pit bulls that were clearly used for dog fighting and raised by owners who mistreated them. And in the end, some kind of justice gets doled out as the loving owners often get their pets back while the negligent ones don’t. ***

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