Part of the Once In A Lifetime docu-series collection, “Remembering Preston” was released on January 31, 2023.
On July 6, 2006, during a drug bust in Akron (OH) Preston and two other dogs were taken from a home by humane investigators under the suspicion they were being used for dogfighting. They were brought to the local humane society where they were kept as evidence until the case reached a conclusion.
Estimated to be about one year of age upon arriving to the shelter, Preston was initially unavailable for any one-on-one interaction with the public due to recovering from prior injuries sustained as well as the pending outcome of the case.
But, for dogs like Preston, who wore this “pit bull” label, that outlook was grim. Especially with his ties to an alleged background of dogfighting, and notably here in Ohio. This was pre-Michael Vick case, in a state that had statewide breed specific laws (from 1987-2012) that declared all pit bull dogs as inherently vicious at birth, restricting their ownership with a handful of mandatory requirements (i.e insurance, public muzzling, etc).
Once his health improved and was deemed suitable to have visitors, the founder of the Cleveland-based dog rescue For the Love of Pits – Shana Klein frequently spent time with him, knowing there was strong possibility that he’d be euthanized.
One week, Shana was notified that the other dogs he came in with were put to sleep, but she continued to visit Preston.
Then, on Friday, July 28, 2006 at about 2 o’clock in the afternoon, Shana received a courtesy call from a member of the shelter staff, who informed her that Preston would be put to sleep at 4pm that evening. She hung up the phone, drove to the shelter, and begged the Executive Director to give her one more day to find a foster home.
Part of the Once In A Lifetime docu-series collection, “12 Years In 2 Minutes” was released on May 15, 2022.
Part of the Once In A Lifetime docu-series collection, “October 4th” was released on September 18, 2021.
Part of the Guilty Til Proven Innocent documentary collection, “Introducing Preston” was originally released on September 26, 2011.