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Best-selling author, animal rescue advocate David Rosenfelt speaks to standing-room only crowd at Stetson


Stetson University College of Law’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida presented a talk and book-signing by best-selling mystery novel author and animal rescue advocate David Rosenfelt on April 14 on Stetson’s Gulfport campus.

David Rosenfelt spoke at Stetson Law in Gulfport on April 14.

David Rosenfelt spoke at Stetson Law in Gulfport on April 14.

Animal rescue advocates gathered with author David Rosenfelt on Stetson's Gulfport campus.

Animal rescue advocates gathered with author David Rosenfelt on Stetson’s Gulfport campus.

Rescue dog Ruby attended the lecture by animal advocate, author David Rosenfelt.

Rescue dog Ruby attended the lecture by animal advocate, author David Rosenfelt.

The free event drew a standing-room only crowd of animal advocate enthusiasts, law students and professors, members of the local community, as well as rescued Golden Retrievers and their owners.

“It’s always exciting to put on events that relate to the intersection of people’s interests,” said third-year student Lane Cryar, president of Stetson’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and executive editor of the Stetson Law Review. “We have a vibrant community here at Stetson with diverse activities and areas of practice, and participating in events like this enables us to converse with fellow dog lovers and animal advocates at Stetson and in our surrounding community.”

Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award-nominated author of 16 books including the Andy Carpenter mystery series featuring a litigator who directs a dog rescue organization. An avid animal lover, Rosenfelt created the Tara Foundation, a charitable organization which has rescued more than 4,000 dogs. His most recent book, Dogtripping, tells the story of the author’s adventures moving across the country from California to Maine, while accompanied by 25 rescue dogs in three RVs.

Stetson is one of only a handful of law schools in the U.S. with courses in both animal law and international animal law as well as an established therapy dog program for students during exam-time. Stetson professor Peter Fitzgerald is an expert in international trade and animal law who is an advocate for Golden Retriever rescue and therapy dogs.