HBO Documentary Focuses on Now-Defunct Sharp County Dog Kennel

FEBRUARY 20, 2006 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CST

WILLIFORD, AR - An HBO documentary scheduled for tomorrow features the undercover work of an animal rights activist at an Arkansas kennel in Williford.  The man, who prefers to remain anonymous, spent six months at the Martin Creek Kennel and secretly videotaped conditions for the Los Angeles-based group Last Chance for Animals.

The "America Undercover" documentary is not for the squamish.  Videotape shows dogs dying from malnutrition while others are beaten or shot; their carcasses are piled in eight-foot deep trenches.  The kennel raised animals for use in veterinary schools and research laboratories.

The videotape helped U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins prosecute and shut down the kennel.

A premiere event for the film is scheduled for tomorrow night in Jonesboro for invited guests of Northeast Arkansans for Animals, at the Elks Lodge.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)