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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Pit bull rescued from Michael Vick dies

"Lucky 7," a female pit bull rescued from fallen Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was killed last Friday in Florida when she was struck by a car.

The dog was one of three that were fostered by Smyrna tattoo artist Brandon Bond and his organization, Atlanta Pitbull Rescue. The dog was eventually adopted by a man in Florida.

click to enlarge (Photo: Atlanta Pitbull Rescue)

According to Bond, Lucky 7 was used as a "breeding dog" on the Vick property where rape stands were discovered, which are benches used in forced breeding and torture. Her face and legs were covered with scars from puncture wounds and tears from teeth where she had obviously been attacked by the males during breeding and fighting. She was pregnant when she was confiscated, and lost the puppies when she was spayed by veterinarians with the U.S. Justice department.

"She was so happy, full of life, curious, and not afraid of anything," Bond said. "She never showed one single sign of aggression, or unhappiness, it was like she had forgotten the horrors of her past entirely. Today is a sad day for animal lovers everywhere."

Lucky 7 escaped from her yard on Friday, and was struck by a car. The motorist stopped and drove the dog to an animal hospital, but it died en route.

"She finally got to be a dog, for the first time in her life," Bond said. "She was happy, her new dad gave her the best six months of her life, and I know she was grateful for it, I could see it in her smile. She even slept in his bed with him. It's a terrible loss."

(Photo courtesy Atlanta Pitbull Rescue)

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