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Monday, July 7, 2008

Who let the dogs in? Vick's dogs, that is

Today's Washington Post reports on the fate of the dogs found at ex-Falcon Michael Vick's notorious Bad Newz Kennels compound in Virgina. Apparently, animals rescued from similar – if less publicized – circumstances are typically considered poor candidates for rehabilitation and are typically put down.

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But because of the intense public outcry over the treatment of the dogs in Vick's operation, the judge provided for each of the 49 rescued pit bulls to be evaluated and considered for placement in shelters or even private homes.

Of the 47 surviving dogs, 25 were placed directly in foster homes, and a handful have been or are being adopted. Twenty-two were deemed potentially aggressive toward other dogs and were sent to an animal sanctuary in Utah. Some, after intensive retraining, are expected to move on to foster care and eventual adoption.

As editor Scott Freeman recently reported, one of those dogs, Lucky 7, had been fostered by Smyrna tattoo artist Brandon Bond, but was hit by a car and killed last week near its new home in Florida.

The Post piece concludes:

As with any celebrity case, the legacy of the Vick bust has been far-reaching. Dogfighting raids across the country have tripled in the past year. Hundreds of law enforcement officers have been trained to detect the signs of underground rings. And, in some cases, officials have asked pit bull behavior experts to evaluate seized fighting dogs rather than automatically euthanizing them. But most dogfighters don't have the kind of money that Vick did. So even those deemed worthy of a second chance don't always get one.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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