It’s a sad reality that dog fighting and animal abuse exist in this world. One such case is when Michael Vick made news headlines in 2007 for his dog fighting ring investigation and conviction. Over 70 dogs were found on the NFL quarterback’s property, most of them being pit bull terriers who showed signs of injuries. A couple dozen dogs found on Vick’s property were seized and rescued, sent off to Best Friends Animal Society, which is a national no-kill rescue. The rescued dogs were able to recover and begin their transformations there and are called the “Vicktory Dogs.” After having years of rehab, they were able to find new loving homes. Some of the Vicktory Dogs got together for a reunion at Best Friends last year, which was nearly their five year anniversary of being rescued from Vick’s property. They are all doing well for the most part, having moved forward and moved on from their experience and being the best dogs they can be!
Here’s what some of the fighting dogs are up to now:
– Handsome Dan was very fearful after his rescue, which is pretty natural for canines who have experienced what he has. The canine still possesses some of that – wanting nothing more to trust and please, especially his family’s new baby. He has also become quite the animal celebrity!
– Halle has a family that includes two dog brothers, which whom she plays with happily and never gets mad – she just loves other dogs!
– Oliver exuded such a generous amount of love, despite what he had gone through. The dog loved to play and shower his owners with kisses. Unfortunately, the sweet dog passed away in 2009 because of cancer.
– Oscar is described by his owner as a genuine couch potato, but is full of love and just wants to be loved in return.
– Little Red was a “bait dog” in Vick’s ring, and usually dogs like that are killed. Her recovery has been slow, reports her owner Susan, but the happy little canine continues to run around with a smile on her mug.
– Cherry has surely moved forward and has grown up quite a lot. His adopted family not only has humans in it, but also includes his canine sister. According to the family, his favorite thing to do is cuddle.
– Georgia was able to adjust to a new home pretty quickly and her adopted mother says that the pup was loyal and very loving. She adored going on walks with her human. Unfortunately, sweet Georgia passed away last year.
(Photo Source: Best Friends Animal Rescue)