The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

the lost dogsWhile the descriptions of what was done to these dogs by Vick and his cohorts are sometimes hard to read, the fact that these dogs were allowed to live – and in turn, thrive – speaks volumes about the people involved with this case.

I am proud that an organization I support, the ASPCA, helped make this possible. And while the Humane Society has seen the error of their outdated thinking with regards to fight-bust dogs, I can’t support them. I’ve had personal experience with their lack of concern for animals in need and I refuse to give my money to an organization that doesn’t practice what it preaches. As for PETA, they’re nothing but a bunch of idiots who could care less about animals, so long as they get their name in the paper.

I’ll admit, I’m conflicted about Vick. On one hand, I think he is heinous. Any person who could torture an animal the way he did is a serial killer in training, in my opinion. At the same time, I’m grateful that because he had money, these dogs will never lack for anything as long as they live. I wish that he had gotten more jail time. But at the same time, as the author wisely points out in the Afterword, Vick lost a lot. He lost a contract worth $130 million. He lost endorsements – and he’ll probably never get those back, because what company wants to be associated with an animal killer, a monster? He missed out on events in his kids’ lives. He has been punished. But at the same time, I am troubled by the fact that he doesn’t seem remorseful about his actions. The only thing he appears to be sorry about is the fact that he got caught. I’m afraid that at some point down the line, Vick is going to do this again.

I am appalled at the NFL for making dog jerseys with Vick’s name and number on them. I’m even more appalled at the pet stores that actually carried those jerseys. I’m horrified that people continued to support Vick even as he was admitting his part in this horrific crime. I’m disgusted with the commonwealth attorney, Gerald Poindexter, who acted like the only reason the US Attorney’s office went after Vick was because he was black. It seems to me that Poindexter had reasons for not wanting Vick prosecuted, and I can only speculate what those reasons were. But it’s obvious after reading this book that he may have known about what was happening on Moonlight Road and chose to ignore it or was paid to ignore it. I’m disgusted at the people who were foolish enough to reelect him because they refuse to see what he is: a bigot with a persecution complex.

But most of all, I am grateful for those organizations who worked together to save these dogs from death. The ASPCA, BAD RAP, Best Friends, Recycled Love and the other rescue groups who stepped up and gave these dogs a second chance and who set them up for success, not failure, have my deepest respect and admiration.

I think everyone who thinks negatively of pit bulls should read this book. I think, and hope, that it will change opinions about pits, just as the Vick dogs, with their successes, are changing perceptions as well.


2 thoughts on “The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

  1. I haven’t read the book and honestly, don’t know that I would just because it would make me too angry. I feel exactly as you do in regards to the ASPCA (great organization), the HSUS (turning into another PETA) and PETA (almost-terrorists in their extreme beliefs and actions). The one thing the Vick case did bring to the fore was the fact that not just gangsta-wannabes and Southern hillbillies are the ones fighting dogs–it happens right under our noses everyday by those who have money, power, prestige, whatever. Thankfully, some of the dogs were given a chance to show how resilient they were and worthy of a chance. I never understood why they would want to give Vick a second chance and not the dogs abused by him.

    • I read a lot of reviews that talked about how graphic some of the descriptions were and I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. But I did, and I’m glad that I did. Most of the mainstream media reports focused on Vick – very few gave much thought to the dogs or what would happen to them. So it was nice to see that someone cared enough to talk honestly about the entire case, with the focus being on the dogs.

      I’ve never been a fan of HSUS, although they at least seem to be evolving in their beliefs – they used to advocate that any fight bust dog be put down. They’ve at least seen the error of their thinking on that score.

      As for PETA, the less said about them, the better. I think so many people are deluded about what their real mission is – that no person would have a domesticated animal, not for food or for companionship. I actually pissed off one of their celebrity spokespeople on Twitter because I posted a link to the story Huffington Post put up about what really happens to the animals taken in by PETA and asked him not to continue speaking out in support of the organization.

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