Animal Rescue Groups Can Apply To Help Place Vick’s Dogs

Vick Dog

Animal rescue groups can apply by November 12 to help find homes for the pit bulls seized from Michael Vick’s property.

Rebecca Huss, the animal law expert who is the court-appointed guardian of the dogs, made a nine-page application available to rescue groups to aid with the dogs’ placement.

Additional requirements of the rescue groups include a $1 million insurance policy, and the organization must be non-profit and have been in existence for at least three years.

Animal behavior experts have evaluated all of the pit bulls and placed them into four categories. 16 of the dogs show no aggression and can be adopted out. Huss stated that some of the non-aggressive dogs have already been put in foster homes for further evaluation.

Two of the dogs have high energy and motivation and would be good candidates for law enforcement training.

The other dogs will be placed into one of two levels of sanctuaries because of their fear of or risk to people. If the dogs improve, they could be placed in foster care.

Huss stated that the dogs could be transferred to rescue organizations before the end of the year.

The application is available at this site:

Source: USA Today, The Virginian-Pilot

(Thanks Irene)

6 Responses to “Animal Rescue Groups Can Apply To Help Place Vick’s Dogs”

  1. catmom5 says:

    Finally, some good news for these dogs! I hope they all find their way to loving, forever homes. Thanks to Rebecca Huss for doing the right thing.

  2. straybaby says:

    wow, this is turning out better than i expected for the dogs (tad jaded here!). even the fear ones are getting a chance. hopefully some socialization/behavior work will bring them along.

  3. Barb says:

    Yes, very good news for these dogs.

    Here’s some info on another dogfighting raid that just took place in Missouri. Your letters will be appreciated.

    10/26/07: Mass MO Dogfight Raid, In Shadow Of Vick Case

    Fighting dogs likely to be killed -

    Missouri dogfighting raid nets 3 men, 26 dogs -

    Humane Society of Missouri seizes 26 dogs from Stoddard County dog fighting situation -
    Dog-fighting suspected, dogs seized
    Law enforcement and judicial circuit for Stoddard County

    Write to Officials to Fully Penalize Dogfighters:

    Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Briney Welborn
    P.O. Box 620 * Bloomfield, MO 63825
    ph: 573-568-3150 * fax: 573-568-2108

    Sheriff Carl Hefner
    Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department
    PO Box 319 * Bloomfield, MO 63825
    ph: 573-568-4654, 573-568-4539 * fax: 573-568-3003

    Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force (SEMO)
    Missouri State Highway Patrol, Division of Drug and Crime Control
    1510 East Elm Street
    Post Office Box 568 * Jefferson City, MO 65102
    ph: 573-751-3452 * fax: 573-526-5577

    Missouri State Highway Patrol
    General Headquarters
    1510 E. Elm Street * Jefferson City, MO 65102
    ph: 573-751-3313 * email:
    website: http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.g.....index.html

    COPY: Attorney General Jay Nixon
    Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Supreme Court Building
    207 W. High St.
    P.O. Box 899 * Jefferson City, MO 65102
    ph: 573-751-3321 * fax: 573-751-0774

    Write to Missouri Humane Society to Spare the Dogs:

    Humane Society of Missouri Headquarters
    1201 Macklind Ave. * St. Louis, MO 63110
    general ph: 314-647-8800 * general fax: 314-647-4317
    general email:

    HSOM Rescues And Investigations Department: 314-647-4400
    For questions concerning this dogfighting rescue, call: 314-802-5712
    web email (copy/paste long link into your browser):

    Tim Rickey, Director of Rescues and Investigations
    ph: 314-951-1518 * fax: 314-802-5700 * NO EMAIL

    Kyle Held, Statewide Investigator with HSMO
    ph: 314-647-8800 ext. 607 * NO FAX OR EMAIL

    Christine, Supervisor Of Statewide Investigations
    ph: 314-951-1514 * LAST NAME, FAX, EMAIL would not be released

  4. Maria says:

    Good news, and here’s hoping all of the eligible dogs find good loving homes. Regarding the two suitable for law enforcement work, I can only hope they find a partnership with conscientious, responsible police officers who will take good care of them–they’ve been through enough in their lives to suffer any more, and we don’t need another news story about a police officer allowing his canine partner to die because of neglect.

  5. EmilyS says:

    But THIS is not reasonable: “additional requirements of the rescue groups include a $1 million insurance policy”

    Is such a policy even available? and at what cost?
    I don’t know if there are ANY pit bull rescue groups that have, or can afford, such a policy.

    I very much fear this will be used as the hidden excuse NOT to allow these dogs to live.

  6. Dee says:

    These poor babies deserve to be treated well now. They’ve already been to Hell.

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