Unfortunately, most dogs that are found in fighting rings are put down because they are presumed to be dangerous. When Tim Racer and Donna Reynolds of BAD RAP heard the story of the NFL star's dogs they were eager to save as many of them as they could. They flew out to Virginia in September along with Justin Phillips of Monterey SPCA to join a team of six other volunteers set to evaluate the temperament of the 48 dogs, in hopes of saving them from an unfortunate ending to the rough lives they had already lived. After two months of hard work, the dogs were finally granted their paper work which allowed them permission to be transferred out of the Virginia shelters. Out of the 48 rescued, Twenty-two dogs were quite happy with people and "dog social" enough to be put in foster homes in the state of Virginia. The other sixteen were allowed to leave the shelters early in October in order to begin their healing in a quieter setting.

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Apr 7, 2008 maddie the dog
It is such an amazing story- look at those faces. They have found their happy place.
Apr 7, 2008 caramel
At last they can be happy.
Apr 7, 2008 denawolves
I'm so glad these dogs were saved- I have always loved pitbulls. I see a lot of people get these type dogs so they can prove their manliness or feed their ego but they have no clue.
Apr 8, 2008 rickysmom
I'm so happy these dogs are being given a second chase, they definitely deserve it. I hope they all find loving homes.
Apr 8, 2008 doggieluvrpv
God Bless you for caring enough and then doing so much for these dogs. I hope and pray they will live out their lives free from pain and fear.
Apr 11, 2008 Lupelareau
It is a shame that those who fight these dogs could not be savagely attacked by a larger animal and told to lick their wounds and get back in and go again! sorry but karma is the only thing that makes me less angry - think about what will come to them x3 for treating these animals in such cruel ways! Thank you for caring so much and giving of your time. You are appreciated.
Apr 11, 2008 gailhamm9452
Thank you for keeping us all informed about these dogs. Whether or not you like pit bulls, it's important that they be given a chance to overcome what humans have done to them. In this case, we were all so drawn into the story and I think a lot of us needed to know that these poor babies would get some love and you've given them that. Again - THANK YOU.
Apr 14, 2008 furball
I totally agree Lupelareau. These "humans" will get thiers. I'm just happy the dogs have a better life now.
Apr 16, 2008 tchamblee
Great Story. Keep spreading the word. HATE THE DEED NOT THE BREED.
Apr 17, 2008 bonbon1122
My belief is every animal should be given a lot of love........ Maybe if everyone felt this way we could stop all this animal abuse
Apr 19, 2008 home
Apr 27, 2008 indigo
My mother is 62 years old and has 4 pitbulls. But she is now unable to take care of them financially.I need help in helping her find a good adoption agency that will adoption them and not hurt them, or have them killed. When speaking of giving them away she get so very emotionally. Please help. ~ Tina
Apr 27, 2008 sasafras56
This was indeed a landmark case where these beautiful and sad animals were given a second chance. I have a pit bull mix and work for a humane society that gets many pure and mixed pits. They are all God's creatures and are wonderful companions. Bless all who gave freely to help these special dogs get their second chance for love and companionship.
Apr 27, 2008 Southpaw
Those dogs are beautiful, and what they were put through was tragic, but it's fortunate that they were able to be rescued and given homes.
May 5, 2008 castalia
it is a shame in this day and age that a celebrity could even begin a fighting ring. I am glad that those dogs were taken and given a second chance. It breaks my heart to think of the pain they have endured. God Bless all who were part of the rescue and salvation of these beautiful dogs.
May 13, 2008 sherrill
Thankfully,Michael Vick was caught and will get the treatment he deserves. I just hope there are some big,bad, dog lovers in prison...if you know what I mean. This is a terrible practice, and anyone who participates should be punished severely.
May 26, 2008 mustluvdogs
Personally, Michael Vick got off lightly. He should have gotten a year in prison for every dog that they confiscated and every dog that he killed, and not even eligible for parole. Publicly tattooed his sorry a$$ with the scarlet letter "A" for abuser on his forehead for all the world to see along with, I'm sure, the others that he probably has. His bank account depleted from him and turned over to the federal government to be distributed to all huname shelters across this nation. He then should have been made to wear an ankle braclet tracking him just like we have today if you're an offender. What a great and happy ending that would have been, but at least it turned out to be one for these great animals! Thank you for the great work you guys are doing in rescueing these animals.
Jun 6, 2008 Allie
I think that not all Pit bulls are fighting dogs. Some can be the sweetist dogs you would ever think of. What do you all think?????
Jun 7, 2008 daisyroxyturbo
Michael Vick definetly got off too easy.I don't get how anyone could be so cruel. All dogs just want to have human companionship and love.
Jun 30, 2008 UrsaDad
What's unbelievable to me is someone talented and so wealthy, who could spend his time and his riches seeing all the sights in beautiful world that most of us will never get a chance to, or to do good works with children in hospital or even a selfish but non-harmful hobby, would instead spend his time and money and resources on something so devoid of redeeming qualities as this. Why? I truly don't understand any attraction in this. Millions of young boys dream of chances to succeed in this world; I can't imagine that a part of that dream is to do something as horrendously cruel and frankly trashy as this. It is truly mind-boggling that someone would seek out and create such ugliness in their life.
Jul 12, 2008 marlow&mariah
can you believe that PETA thinks these dogs should be put down and are not worth the resources needed for rehabilitation. I think PETA needs rehabilitating.
Aug 3, 2008 cocoa puff
Thank you for rescuing those precious dogs! I am a pit bull owner and I could never even bear the thought of putting her in harms way! As an owner you are suppose to protect them as they would you. Treat them like your own kids! My pit is my baby! One of the best dogs I ever owned!
Aug 5, 2008 Patti D
I got my first Pit when my twins were 8 mo old. I had heard all the "stories". I soon learned that they are truly the most kind, gently & loving breed that walks the earth!! I have owned several breeds and found the Pit to be the most loving & tollarent with children. I have owned Pit Bulls for 25 years now and cannot understand why people still use them as an "alter ego" just because they can. THANK YOU so much for your work with these beautiful creatures!!!
Aug 19, 2008 Lady Pooh
I can't believe people treat animals like that. There's no reason why an animal so precioius and happy should have to deal with people in Mick Vick case. I would like to thank people who always helping puppies, dogs, or just any creature on God's earth. It' amazing how people destroy the world with violence and how people just help creatures just because they feel like it.
Aug 26, 2008 Hooligan
Thank God that there are people in this world that want to help these dogs. Any dogs for that matter. It's very sad that the gov't took this long to recognize that these animals are actual individuals such as humans. I hope that someone will shoot Michael Vick in the head as soon as he is out of jail. Who are these monsters that think dog fighting and cock fighting is ok to do!! Anyone involved in any kind of animal abuse deserves to not live.
Sep 7, 2008 fdonald
For additional infomation about the rehabilitation of Michael Vicks rescued dogs, check out a very large no-kill animal shelter in Kanab UT. They have been posting pictures and blogs since receiving some of the ex-fighters. It is very encouraging. They are an amazing organization and are doing great work.
Sep 7, 2008 fdonald
Best Friends Animal Shelter in Kanab UT also is working to rehab some of Michael Vicks pitbulls. They have been posting pictures and blogs for a long-time now, and anyone interested in more information can check it out at They do great things there and it is a heartwarming site to visit.
Sep 11, 2008 papajoe
I couldn't watch your video. I was delighted to watch the one of the four dogs after they had been rescued and socialized but I couldn't watch the video of those poor frightened dogs when you rescued them from Vick. It is profoundly evil to use the natural urge of dogs to be pack members to turn them into killers. It takes so little to make them happy and they return so much more than they are given. Thank god that you were there for Michael Vick's victims.
Sep 16, 2008 yankeecajun121
everybody says pit bulls are vicious, but that's not true. pit bulls can be just as sweet and gentle as any other breed. my brother has a pit bull that i would have no problem leaving any other type of dog around. he is the sweetest thing around. it is wrong what people do to them. i am so glad that these dogs have found their place in the world, and that it is not anywhere near the hard life they once lived.
Oct 8, 2008 bellshell97
that's so sad that people make dogs do that to other dog thank you god for helping them
Oct 10, 2008 kutiepiekoda
it makes me feel so sad when i try to relate to the sadness and fear the dogs must of had. its so sad the dogs were completely like plastered against the wall in fear.
Nov 5, 2008 mikechi59
Wonderful story. Its nice to know there can be a happy ending to what was such a tragic event. I agree with the sentiments about Pit Bulls. My sister-in law took in a pit bull that was roaming the streets homeless and it couldnt be more sweet than any dog Ive ever known.
Nov 14, 2008 poker76
thats just so horrible how people would do that to poor animals atlest their saved
Jan 10, 2009 lem06
They are all so beautiful .... So glad they were rescued. Unfortunatly dog fighting is the oldest sport and will continue to take place. It's so sad to see the outcome these poor dogs face... If only the ppl fighting them had hearts =[ My caring friend rescued a pitt from a shelter.. he had been badly beaten .. she provided for him and taught him obedience .. he is the best dog! Thank you to all of those ppl who rescue these beaten beauties!
Jan 19, 2009 faithy_bum2008
i think people shoulg not treat any dogs like that i do not know who wuold ever do that i am a animl lover
Jan 22, 2009 barkingforbashia
bless your heart
Jan 25, 2009 darkgirl
They are lucky. You are a lifesaver.
Jan 25, 2009 Mickey22
You guys a my heroes!! Keep it up something needs to be done about this!!! It's terrible people are such JERKS!!!
Feb 2, 2009 tyson121
ok i dont know about vicks dogs can u tell me the story
Feb 7, 2009 tijoasash
i own two pits and they are the best dogs ever. very loving caring always want to be there and always want to be loved. i dont think michael got enough jail time for what he did to these dogs. keep lovin them and they will keep loving you in return
Feb 21, 2009 Allie
Thank you so much for helping these dogs. I am glad that they are in good hands. I hope that They have found loving homes for them. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORKS. Allie
Feb 24, 2009 whitnie
I am so happy these dogs are doing well!
Mar 7, 2009 katomondo
This is horrible I'd heard about the Vicks case but I'd never heard it like this. When the person speaking said that the dogs would have been electricuted or hung it brought tears to my eyes and my hands went clammy. The tears are coming back talking about. Just the thought of a person doing this is unreal and terrifying. There is no reason why people can be so cruel to dogs when they just want love and care. It's because of people like them that pit bulls are rejected. Thank you for saving their lives.
Mar 20, 2009 lovestosing
Those poor babies how they must have suffered! I have such a soft heart when it comes to animals I have a hard time understanding how people can be so cruel to a trusting, loving animal that only wants to be cared for and loved. What we give our animals is only a fraction of what they give back to us. A great thanks is due to those who saved the lives of these wonderful they finally have their chance at a good life and a happily ever after!
Apr 1, 2009 littlelynn
It's amazing how people can be so cruel to animals, I am glad for people like you for showing us how sweet this breed can be, I hope all will find a family that will see them as wonderful companians. We sure see our girls that way.
Apr 5, 2009 BamBam1308
I really wanted one of the vick dogs, but i couldnt talk my parents into it. I love how these dogs proved everyone wrong. Not all Pitt Bulls are agressive. The Pitt Bulls I know are some of the sweetest dogs Ive ever met.
Apr 23, 2009 mum2dobes
bless you!!! and thank you!!!
Apr 24, 2009 dogs roc!!!
the things the dogs were put through is horrible....
May 3, 2009 LSM
Michael Vick is one DISGUSTING HUMAN BEING!!! Anyone who is an active participant in dog fighting is absolutely & completely HEARTLESS!!! Jail time is not the punishment he deserves. Torture would be more like it. God Bless the rescuers of these innocent victims of abuse & cruelty.
May 28, 2009 CoUnTrYgRlAtHeArT
I can't image the things these dogs went through, I mean for someone to do really cruel and unthinkable things to a dog is just beyond me. I have 2 amazing dogs and they are my world, to know that they will always be there for you no matter what in life, IS SO AMAZING!!! But Michael Vick, will have to stand before God and answer for what he has done. I think personally, the STATE was to soft on him, I believe a eye for a eye. Vick was only sorry because he got caught, he isn't really SORRY because he did it at all. But for those amazing survivors that can move on and found loving homes, and prove to people what truely loving dogs they can be! God Bless all that participanted in saving these adorable survivors, and thanks for making the world a little better and sweeter...xoxo
Jun 9, 2009 kmbp
i love to see these dogs like that happy ,and loved.Now they have a home,and people to care for them.I love those dogs...peace be with you,bye!
Jun 26, 2009 Karma18
I wish everybody had hearts like you do! I don't understand how anybody could do this... Humans can be so cruel! Thank you so much! =)
Jul 4, 2009 Rae_love(:
how could anyone do that to dogs?? what have the dogs done to them to make them want to use them as slaves and then torture and kill them for not doing something right?? do people like that not care about humanity?? do they think "oh there just stupid dogs noone cares." how unintelligent do you have to be to think like that??? stupid people like him should be put away for life sentences.... im so happy that so many of the dogs can be saved.. sometimes watching the animal cops tv shows doesnt give you hope when you think about a larger number and how many more fighting rings and groups are out there to destroy more innocent pit bulls lives. its terrible that people think that pits are dangerous horrible blood wanting animals. its not how the dog grew up thinking its how the human raised the dog to think. im ssooooo glad we have rescue groups like you to help save and re-make dogs lives for them! you guys are truly godsent!!!!
Jul 13, 2009 pumpkinpie88
there so cute why do people even treat them that way
Jul 14, 2009 2baddogs
people that would treat an animal so cruelly deserve no place in society since they obviously have no respect for life. I think its a crying shame that Vick is out of prison and has the possibilty of returning to the NFL he has no business in such a highprofile job to be looked up to by countless kids. he and his counterparts should be shunned by society. they serve no useful purpose
Jul 15, 2009 justatest5
So sad
Aug 21, 2009 dogs!!!
AWWWWWW soo sad *sniffle* :(
Sep 16, 2009 kenigirl
that will teach people not to do that anymore!!!!!!****:(
Nov 22, 2009 imlovinggymnastics
Thats horrible. People should not do that!!! Thank god for saving them. bLESS ALL OF YOU!
Feb 16, 2010 **Amber&Bella**
I hate people who think dog fighting is okay! It is totally inhumane! And I think electrocuting a dog is SO mean! I have always had a love for Pitbulls, and I personally think they are one of the sweetest breed out there-- you just have to give them a chance! ~~~Come check out my two Australian Shepherd girls, Amber and Bella, and please leave some nice comments on them! Thanks so much! (: ♥ ♥ (:
Jul 17, 2010 faithwalker303
At last a Voice for the Voiceless. Thank You so much for what you do. God Bless You and God Bless these Pups.
I watch theese dogs get rehabilitated in Best Friends Animal Sanctuary online ofcoure if you have netflix or free trial go to season 2 michel vicks dog episode and watch the trama and fear aggression love went through these mistreated dogs :'(
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