Report to be Released About Vick’s Former Fighting Dogs
Even in the most dire of situations, second chances are possible. Twenty-two ofÃ‚Â the dogsÃ‚Â used for fighting byÃ‚Â ex-pro football star Michael Vick will be introduced for the first time today. AccordingÃ‚Â to an e-mail from theÃ‚Â Best Friends Animal Society, while the dogs have suffered a great deal of abuse asÃ‚Â either bait dogs or as fighting dogs,Ã‚Â they are still very different than the images of snarling, growling attackÃ‚Â dogs.
A number ofÃ‚Â organizations, suchÃ‚Â as the United States Humane Society,Ã‚Â recommended to the government that all of Vick’s dogs beÃ‚Â put down, according toÃ‚Â informationÃ‚Â on Best Friends’ Web site.Ã‚Â The recommendation was ignored by the government, and Best Friends has privately evaluated andÃ‚Â worked with the dogs.Ã‚Â
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.
Anybody who loves dogs had to have been sickenedÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â deeply disturbed by what Michael Vick did to these animals. After originally hearing that dogs were seized from Vick,Ã‚Â my first thought was that these poor dogs were going to all be put to sleep. It’s great to see that there isÃ‚Â true hope for so manyÃ‚Â of these dogs. I hope everyone will visit the Best Friends Animal Society Web site and read the stories andÃ‚Â follow the progress of these unbelievably resilient animals.