Michael Vick was on top of the world when he flipped off fans during a game in the 2006 season. As one of the highest paid players in the NFL, he thought he was above the laws and civility of mere mortals.
Now that Vick and his “Bad Newz” partners are serving their prison sentences, attention can turn to the dogs who have been under a death sentence their whole lives.
Now that they aren’t considered “evidence” in criminal cases, these formerly brutalized Pit Bull fighting dogs have become “media darlings” and “love machines,” among other descriptions given to them last week as they were presented to the world.
While these loving dogs captivate the press and the public, we should remember that they are alive because of the celebrity of Michael Vick with the nonstop publicity, the $928,073 he was forced to put up for their evaluation and rehabilitation, and the organizations that were willing to go to the ground to fight to give the dogs a chance at life.
The public has learned that dog fighting isn’t just a harmless pastime conducted by lawless yahoos. It is a brutal, sadistic way of life that no civilized society should tolerate.
We should remember too that both PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the HSUS, the Humane Society of the United States, rallied to have Vick’s dogs killed without even seeing them, even though both organizations used the publicity to solicit funds, implying that a donation to them would somehow “save the Vick dogs.”
Fortunately, a panel of animal behavior experts assembled by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommended that the dogs be further evaluated and a federal judge agreed. And here they are today:
Bad Rap (Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible About Pitbulls) took ten of the dogs. You can read about them here.
Best Friends, a sanctuary in Utah devoted to No Kill, took twenty-two of the hardcore dogs. Read about them here.
Leo, another of the rescued Vick dogs, has passed the tests to be a therapy dog. Read about him here.
The little dog performing below is Grace who will forever be known as a Vick dog. Watch her and love her.