Seven years ago, Michael Vick, quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons at the time, was indicted on charges relating to an illegal dogfighting ring. Investigations revealed the pit bulls involved in this fighting faced horrific abuse and even death by strangulation, electrocution and drowning. Many, including the Humane Society of the United States, believed the animals were damaged beyond rehabilitation. But the Best Friends Animal Society disagreed.
The BFAS, an animal rescue group based in Kanab, Utah, took in 22 of the most traumatized pit bulls from Vick’s fighting ring. After lots of love, care and rehabilitation, these 22 became known as the Vicktory Dogs. How far they’ve come is nothing short of inspiring.
“Currently 10 of the Vicktory Dogs are thriving with their adopted families, some living happily with other dogs, children and even a cat,” Michelle Weaver, the manager of Dogtown at the BFAS, told The Huffington Post via email. Twelve dogs were adopted in total, but two died. Seven remain at the BFAS facility. “For the ones who are still at [BFAS], their caregivers love them and continue to look for ways to enrich their lives through various ways including training, one-on-one car rides and giving them individual attention.”
The Vicktory Dogs are a testament to the power of hope, said Weaver.