Richard Pryor’s wife Jennifer Lee Pryor took a lot of flak in his final years while she was caring for the comic suffering from MS. Before he died in 2005, Richard said he wanted actor Mike Epps to portray him in his life story. Lee Daniels just cast Mike in the leading role of his upcoming movie about Pryor’s life. Mike met with Jennifer (above) to get her blessing for the project. We were happy to see that Jennifer is doing more than protecting Richard’s legacy – according to the LA Times, she is very active in animal rescue. When she heard about a homeless man on skid row who bred his pit bull and was caring for her and ten puppies on the street, she was appalled. Multiple observers reported him to the police but they did nothing to enforce animal protection laws. Jennifer investigated and with the help of other activists, did the right thing. The dogs were put in a shelter and the man happened to be arrested for drugs the next day, and sentenced to a year in rehab. With his permission the dogs are up for adoption. No thanks to the LAPD.
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