TPE Hero of the Month September 2013: Gordon Shell

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Photo by Jim Toreli

Photo by Jim Toreli

Gordon Shell has plans to fight Michael Vick, the NFL player known for his dog-fighting activity, and Shell, an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter has also been named TPE Hero of the Month for September 2013.

Shell, also known as The Dog Fighter, fights to give a voice to the thousands of homeless and abused dogs on the streets of Detroit and across America.

When growing up kids played with video games. Now kids are using dogs to fight because they don’t know any better. We need to get into the schools to educate the kids about this problem (dog fighting),” explains Shell. “I want to change that.”

Born a natural fighter and high school wrestler, Shell was told by doctors in 2010 that his heart was too weak to fight in the cage. Instead of giving up, he stepped out of retirement and into the cage for one last fight on September 15, 2012 after the IFL offered him something he couldn’t resist – a donation to the Humane Society on his behalf. All of his winning proceeds were donated to the Michigan Human Society where he first got involved with dogs in 2000.

Gordon Shell first started being involved with dogs in 2000 at the Michigan Humane Society where he would visit with the animals and take them on walks. He would later have two rescue dogs of his own.

Gordon Shell first started being involved with dogs in 2000 at the Michigan Humane Society where he would visit with the animals and take them on walks. He would later have two rescue dogs of his own.

 

 

I was hurt real bad in that fight, broken ribs, injured knee, toe, but I work to keep myself in great shape,” said Shell, who holds a degree in nutrition and is a personal trainer.

What started out as a request from Shell to a longtime friend for a three-minute highlight wheel for his final match in 2012 turned into a documentary,The Dog Fighter, the inspiring true story of Shell’s life transitioning from MMA fighter to the Dog Fighter. The docudrama will be released in late October for online pay-per-view with proceeds from the film going to the Michigan Humane Society. The film hopes to bring awareness to the overpopulation of abused, abandoned and hungry dogs on the streets of Detroit.

The docudrama is directed by award-winning director Douglas Schulze and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Chuck Grady. The producers are Kurt Mayry, independent producer for 25 years and co-founder of The Motion Picture Institute. Also Kathryn McDermott, producer and former Vice President of Columbia Pictures.

Shell continues to put his life in danger searching the streets and fighting against the animal cruelty and dog fighting that is occurring in the inner city at alarming rates. Shell adds, “I was shot three times in the chest (on January 3, 2013). I wear a protective vest. It’s really dangerous down on the streets.”

Trish Brown, founder of TPE said, “Gordon Shell is a true hero, because the real heros do for those who really have no idea that the hero has helped them. They do it for the right reasons and it’s always for others.”

Shell has plans to stop dog fighting in the US and won’t stop till he’s seen a tremendous reduction and believes more people are informed.

 

Gordon Shell retired after his last in September 2012, but plans to fight Michael Vick should he accept Shell's invitation.

Gordon Shell retired after his last in September 2012, but plans to fight Michael Vick should he accept Shell’s invitation.

My heart is the best it has been in seven years, and I have been cleared by doctors to fight again,” said Shell. “I hope that Michael Vick will accept my invitation once he has completed his NFL contract.”

Shell also works with Foster Corder, host of a weekly Saturday morning web show, to raise funds and awareness for “Helter Skelter,” a documentary telling the different stories of dogs in shelters with voice overs to include Ellen DeGeneres. Pit bull Energy will make a $250K match to the funds that are raised. For more information on the film please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_RmdnPU4SM

 

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