Report to be Released About Vick’s Former Fighting Dogs

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Even in the most dire of situations, second chances are possible. Twenty-two of the dogs used for fighting by ex-pro football star Michael Vick will be introduced for the first time today. According to an e-mail from the Best Friends Animal Society, while the dogs have suffered a great deal of abuse as either bait dogs or as fighting dogs, they are still very different than the images of snarling, growling attack dogs.

A number of organizations, such as the United States Humane Society, recommended to the government that all of Vick’s dogs be put down, according to information on Best Friends’ Web site. The recommendation was ignored by the government, and Best Friends has privately evaluated and worked with the dogs. 

Of the 47 dogs taken from Vick, 22 of them were given to Best Friends. Vick was ordered by the court to pay more than $900,000 for the past, present and long-term care of the dogs.

K9 Commentary:

Anybody who loves dogs had to have been sickened and deeply disturbed by what Michael Vick did to these animals. After originally hearing that dogs were seized from Vick, my first thought was that these poor dogs were going to all be put to sleep. It’s great to see that there is true hope for so many of these dogs. I hope everyone will visit the Best Friends Animal Society Web site and read the stories and follow the progress of these unbelievably resilient animals.

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