These surviving dogs should be celebrated. They never were the monsters some
people thought they would be. The victims of dog fighting, the dogs, are truly
the victims and deserve a second chance at a life as a pet. Any dog can bite.
Pit bulls truly get a bad rap because of dog fighting. They are just dogs like
any other dog. Raise a dog right and without abuse and know what you are doing
and there is a good chance your dog will be fine and that goes for any type of
Saying that the only vicious pitbulls are the ones who haven't been properly
trained is like saying the only sled dogs that like to run are the ones who
haven't been properly trained to be a couch potato. It is in their DNA. I have read numerous online news articles about family members being
killed by the family pit bull. Of course, the family is always shocked b/c the
pitbull was always so "sweet." They, like some of the posters,
naively believe that good training and kindness will always overcome an instinct
that the animal has. The instinct to attack and be agressive is especially
strong in the pit bull breed. They are unpredictable and it's tragic that some
have to pay such a horrible price for a split second "abberation" in
the dog's behavior. Google pit bull deaths and you'll see plenty of
horror and heartbreak.Anyone owning a pitbull that kills or injures
someone should be sued for everything they have, as well as incarceration. In
Northern California a grandfather was jailed after his pitbull killed his two
year old grandson. Yippeee!!!!
This is rose-colored-glasses decision making. Even without the bad treatment
and training these dogs are capable of serious damage. You are kidding
yourselves. When any dog is fearful or alarmed it may bite. The difference is
with my dog, I won't need the jaws of life to remove it's teeth from my kid.
The shear power of those jaws and the energy a pitbull uses when on the
offensive can do serious damage before he's stopped. I'm glad you've found
happiness with this dog, but I certainly hope none of these dogs, which have the
addeded burden of dangerous training in how to use those massive jaws, are ever
placed any where near neighborhoods or kids. I may not hear when one of these
dogs bites again, but it will happen. Even the sweetest dogs are known to nip
once in their lives.
Vick's pit bulls have been rehabilitated, but who will rehabilitate all of the
yappy chihuahua's of the world?
I take my hat off to all at Best Friends. They do a fantastic job and their
work is never ending. Although Lucas has a life sentence, it sounds like it is
now a life sentence of love and humane treatment, which can't be bad. Thank you
Best Friends, I'll be sending you a donation for all the good you do for
animals. People like you, make the world a better place.
I'm glad Lucas is doing well at best friends. Pit bulls aren't for everyone but
my cousin has two and they are very well socialized and behave very well. I'm
not a big sized dog lover, I prefer the little ones but that's me. I'm glad he
can live out his life @ best friends.
Just shows you how love can change anything.
@Dob, You are so full of it! NO Vick dog was involved in a human attack of any
Dob: Where is your evidence of said attack?
Nice story. Too bad a former pitbull of Mr. Vick's took off part of a child's
face in Santa Clara last year. Just another horror story from a breed that
should be eliminated.
It just goes to prove that the only EVIL and DANGEROUS character is Michael Vic.
His dogs were not born to fight, they were 'trained' to fight. Trained with
beatings, torture, starvation and constant fear. Blame the Criminal not the
victim. These dogs have been remarkably resilient, just as most dogs, who
are abused, can be rehabilitated with love, trust, kindness. There are
exceptions of course, some will never be 100% safe for public adoption, but
those few can still live out their lives in safety and with some amount of human
interaction. They did not deserve their abuse by Vic & his cronies, and they
don't deserve to serve a life sentence....when their abuse is raking in hundreds
of millions of dollars....I want to know why is is not paying more for their car
and comfort? What happened to the judge's ruling that he was responsible for
their lifetime care?
This is all warm and fuzzy, but I'd rather have a basset hound.
As part of the restitution Vick should have had to pay as part of his sentence,
I sincerely hope that he has been made to reimburse Best Friends (and othe other
agencies that cared for and rehabiitated those dogs) every cent they had to pay
for the dogs, plus reasonable compensation for the people doing the work. He
deserves to have to pay fully for what he did.
So, let me see. We can rehabilitate dogs and return them to society, but we
can't rehabilitate Vick and return him to society?
Re: CatsAre you suggesting the NFL should not have allowed Vick to
return or that he never should have been released from jail? I respect your
right to not be a fan of Michael Vick for what he did or to believe that his
legal punishment was not harsh enough, but I think its only fair that he be
allowed to attempt to live his life once his legal debt is paid. Convicted
criminals deserve a chance to attempt to live a normal life once they have
served the time for their crime, to prove that they can be part of productive
society. Vick's crime, though reprehensible, was not related to football so it
should not affect his football prospects beyond what the law requires of him. If
you think his 2 year prison term and bankruptcy were not strict enough
punishments (which is understandable) then you should blame the current laws
rather than the NFL.Also, thank you DESNEWS for running this story.
It made me happy to know these dogs are being treated well.
I saw a documentary about these dogs. It was heartwrenching to see the way
these dogs were treated. Michael Vick should have gotten a lot worse than he
did. I would be much more concerned about whether he has been rehabilitated.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where football is more important than
humanity. He should have NEVER been allowed to return to the NFL.
AmPatriot, how many pit bulls have you worked with? How many of them have you
rehabilitated? What are your credentials in animal behavior? How much research
have you done on the genes that influence behavior? I'd also suggest reading
some research on oxytocin in dogs before you make the claim that dogs don't
love. Your statements show blatant ignorance. You clearly haven't been
following the case. Lucas was ordered by the judge to remain at Best Friends
for the rest of his life. He will not be going to any homes.
Ampatriot - actually no, their breeding doesn't establish behavior for the life
of the animals. It is the owners that establish that behavior. Sure some breeds
are more demanding. Pit bulls, and dogs in general aren't for everybody. A dog
isn't born mean - that comes from being tortured and abused repeatedly by
humans. They start to not trust us after such treatment, and rightfully so. Once
they are taken out of the situation and rehabilitated they can change. I don't
think the establishment would adopt them out unless they were sure that the
animal was rehabilitated. Now the real chore is trying to get humans to change
I wouldn't be so eager to trust any of these dogs, they have a learned behavior
and trigger command that makes them more vicious. What does a family and their
children do if a trigger command to fight is accidentally given? Animals don't
forget trigger commands, its their breeding that establishes behavior for the
life of the animals.And many dog owners are not very responsible or
attentive to animal care and behavior, and they think they can speak english or
This is a great story! Thank you for printing it.
I hope that MIchael Vick has been very generous in his contributions to the Best