Michael Vick’s Former Dogs Recovering

The majority of the rescued dogs were deemed fit to be around people and are undergoing rehabilitation.

Posted: January 31, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Vick's former dogs bond with caretakers at the Best Friends Animal Society. Photos by Molly Wald, Best Friends Animal Society

As the last sentence was handed down Jan. 25, 2008, to the fourth and final co-defendant in the Michael Vick dogfighting scandal, the majority of the dogs seized from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels last year in Surry County, Va., have emerged from what many speculated would be a certain death sentence for the former fighting dogs.

Of the more than 50 pit bulls seized from Vick’s property, 48 were determined to be safe around people, according to the nonprofit group BAD RAP (Bay Area Dog lovers Responsible About Pit bulls) that helped evaluate the dogs. Twenty-two of the dogs were sent to Best Friends Animal Society, a 33,000-acre animal sanctuary in southern Utah where staffers are working to rehabilitate and socialize the dogs in an effort to one day place them into permanent homes. Best Friends reports that the dogs are doing well in their new surroundings and are now referred to as the “Vicktory” dogs.

The remaining dogs have been placed with several other rescue groups and foster homes in various locations around the country.

Vick and his four co-defendants all pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges. The disgraced Atlanta Falcons quarterback was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role in the scandal, which included bankrolling the operation and executing underperforming dogs. Vick was recently transferred to a minimum security prison in Leavenworth, Kan., to enter a drug treatment program which could reduce his sentence by as many as 12 months. Vick began serving his sentence in November 2007.

Co-defendants Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace received 21 months and 18 months in prison, respectively. Co-defendant Tony Taylor received 2 months in prison; he was the first to plead guilty and cooperate with investigators. The final co-defendant, Oscar Allen, was sentenced on Jan. 25 to three years probation and was fined $500 for his role, which included selling Vick a pit bull and attending the fights.

Vick and his co-defendants also face state dogfighting charges in Virginia. Vick’s trial is slated to begin April 2.


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Lisa   Keller, TX

2/11/2010 6:40:26 PM

I can't believe what idiot wrote that "dogs are just dogs. He should be ashamed of himself. Obvisously he was brought up not liking animals or had dogs. I have 4 dogs and they sleep with me and they get the royal treatment. Michael Vick did not do enought time for what he did to those poor pit bulls. What dump ass would do tha and think that he could get away with it. He was raise up classy!!! Not!! He has no regerts for what he did. He is just ashamed because he got caught. What a stupit ass.... He deserved 5 years per dog he hurt in the process. One day he will get what he deserves and when that time comes I will laught my ass off.... JERK!!!!

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patrick   queens, NY

9/9/2008 2:52:27 PM

pit bull:
are you frickin kidding me, he is doing time for what? lol what idiots we have in the world there just dogs

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Jennifer   Madras, OR

1/31/2008 7:16:05 PM

great article

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Sandy   Owosso, MI

1/31/2008 7:07:54 PM

That man is not doing enough prison time for what he did. He should not ever be allowed to play football again or own an animal of any kind. What kind of sentence would he have got for child abuse? As far as I'm concerned this is just as bad. Abusing a living thing that cannot defend itself is a disgrace to man kind!

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