Seven survivors of Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring reunite five years later

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Five years ago several of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels arrived at BADRAP in San Francisco, California. Seven of those dogs and their current owners had a reunion on October 27th to celebrate their new lives.

BADRAP was one of two non-profit organizations that took in Vick’s abused fighting dogs. Many believed the dogs could not be rehabilitated, but BADRAP was determined to give them a chance. The seven dogs that attended the reunion have all gone on to be amazing dogs and pets.

BADRAP put on the reunion to celebrate the dogs and their incredible rehabilitation. “So much focus has centered on their former abuser when really, the most stunning performance in this saga continues to be the dogs who survived unimaginable hardships. Despite the early neglect and abuse, most of the dogs who came to California have gone on to earn impressive accolades, and all have proven themselves to be cherished family companions,” said BADRAP director Donna Reynolds.

Each of these seven dogs has made a remarkable comeback. All seven dogs have Canine Good Citizen certificates. Three of them serve as therapy dogs in hospitals and children’s literacy programs. One of the dogs Audie was very shy and had to have two faulty knees repaired when he arrived five years ago. He is now excelling as an agility dog. “They’re all heroes and they have so much to teach us about come backs, resiliency and embracing the joy of the present moment,” said Reynolds.

These seven dogs are just some of the large number of dogs rescued from Vick’s Bad Newz kennel. Twenty-two dogs went to Best Friends Animal Society and their Dogtown sanctuary in Utah. The dogs, which the organization calls the Vicktory dogs, have been making dramatic improvements as well. Several of them have become therapy dogs and many have become great family pets.

Ten of those dogs are still at the sanctuary, eight of which are waiting to be adopted . “Lucas and Merrill will live here for the rest of their lives. The rest of them, according to the courts, can be adopted out,” said co-manager Michelle Logan. Lucas and Merrill were the prized fighting dogs of Bad Newz Kennels. They can’t be adopted out, but they are living a great life at the sanctuary.

Information on the remaining Vicktory dogs waiting for homes can be found here.

15 thoughts on “Seven survivors of Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring reunite five years later”

  1. I’m glad to see that these dogs have been rehabilitated, and that Michael Vick has been rehabilitated too!

    • The definition of “rehabilitation:”

      1. Restore (someone) to health or normal life by training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness.
      2. Restore (someone) to former privileges or reputation after a period of critical or official disfavor.

      The dogs have been rehabilitated to the extent they can be after the torture they endured at the hands of Michael Vick and his cohorts.

      Michael Vick’s financial life has been rehabilitated, in that, in spite of being a convicated felon, he has a football career (for now) and various endorsements. However, his reputation will never be what it was, and he will go down in history not as a hero, but a dog killer.

      “As [the little red dog] lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its hind legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn’t kill it. So Phillips and Vick slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead.” ~The Lost Dogs

      As Michael Vick himself said, he regrets nothing in his life. The only thing he’s sorry for is that he got caught.

    • Michael Vick is far from rehabilitated! A monster is always a monster. Thank God that these precious puppies were rescued in time and found wonderful loving homes.

    • There is a special place in hell for people who mistreat and torture animals. If we give the death penalty for people who do torture and kill people then there should a stricter sentence for these type of people! Michael Vick and your friends, I do not feel sorry for you! People like you make pit bulls and large breed dogs look evil. It is the owners that teach bad behavior!!!

  2. I really like this story ending for the Vick Dogs.May God Bless the Great People who helped these wonderful Dogs have another chance at life,happiness,and the capacity to love..Bill..

  3. These dogs prove that nurture will overcome nature! I read the book about the dogs and am in awe of their resilience and sheer will to live and thrive. I do find it very difficult to forgive Vick – the monsterous things he did to those dogs has burned a small hole in my heart that just will never heal. NOTHING excuses the horrific torture he participated in and felt to these dogs. They trusted him and he so let them down. I celebrate the success of these dogs!

  4. It’s a good thing that HSUS and PETA didn’t get their way because if they did then all of those dogs would be dead.

  5. My thoughts on the” Michael Vick court case, I really think the judge went over board giving the NFL star four years in prison instead of putting him on probation for the same four years the shit that pissed me off was that” George Zimmerman” made a 911 call to the police department to let them know that a black male suspect was luring around in the neighbor and the police dispatcher ask him was he following the suspect at the time and” George Zimmerman” said yes then the dispatcher told” Zimmerman” to stand down that the police officer will take care of the situation and Zimmerman did not listen to the dispatcher and now a young black man at the tender age of seventeen is dead and this case went to court and” George Zimmerman” was found not guilty what I want the judge to know is that if George Zimmerman would have listen to the dispatcher this young male would be living today but the judge and the juror allowed George Zimmerman to get away with murder in the second degree and he still gets to carry around this conceal weapon if any one should have been sent to prison for four years that person should have been” Zimmerman it doesn’t matter if that person is black, white, latino or Hispanic.


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