Utleys bringing awareness to animal cruelty
May 28, 2009 (WPVI) -- Chase Utley's not just a champion on the field. He's also a champion for a very noble cause.
They're Philadelphia's "it" couple. He is a World Champion on the field and together they're true champions for animal rights.
"I grew up with animals, Jen had some animals growing up, that's why I've always been fond of animals, and years it kind of started when Jen began to volunteer at the SPCA," Chase said.
Jen now serves on the shelter's board. Two years ago, a puppy they named Etana showed up at the shelter after being severely beaten and set on fire.
The couple couldn't turn their backs.
"It was sickening to me so that when it sort of was a wake up call, this message has to get out," Jen said.
So they've since become advocates and parents.
They are parents to Jack, their 14-month-old rescued pit-bull.
"His parents were cruelty cases, they were brought in from a dog fighting ring in a row house in North Philly, and his mother happened to be pregnant," Jen said.
"He's just got a great personality. He's kind of a wimp which is good. He's great, he's mellow," Chase said.
Chase and his wife, Jennifer, established Utley All-Star Animals in 2008 to bring awareness to the increasing epidemic of animal cruelty.
Their mission is to educate the community about the proper treatment of animals and fund non-profit organizations that are active in the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering.
If you'd like to help the cause please visit http://www.pspca.org/donate.
sports, jamie apody
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