Hector still has scars on his chest, and it may take quite some time to get over the trauma that he endured while at Michael Vick’s property. But now, this 52-pound pit bull is in a loving home.
After being seized from Vick’s property, four-year-old Hector is being shown the good life by Leslie Nuccio, his foster mother who lives in California.
Nuccio said, “I wish he could let us know what happened to him.”
Now, Hector plays with Nuccio and her three other dogs. Hector jumps across the living room, grabs clothes from the laundry basket, and enjoys being hugged and hugging Nuccio and her roommate.
But the journey for Hector and the more than 50 other dogs seized from Vick’s property has been a long one to get to where they are now. The torture that they endured while with Vick is just too horrible to describe.
Once they were taken as evidence in the criminal prosecutions, the dogs were housed at various animal shelters throughout Virginia.
The dogs were evaluated by a team assembled by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Donna Reynolds, one evaluator, stated, “This is the big secret. Most of them were dog-tolerant to dog-social. It was completely opposite of what we were led to believe.”
Many believed that the dogs should have been put down because they may be too aggressive, but many animal groups fought to have the animals be evaluated individually and to have a chance at a new life.
Eventually, the dogs were transported to various animal shelters around the nation. One volunteer from BAD RAP, where some of the dogs went, said, “Some dogs were ready to learn â€™sitâ€™ and obedience. Some needed more time to accept touch and feel comfortable in their surrounding. Sometimes I would just sit in their kennels.”
And for Hector, even though he can’t tell Nuccio what he has been through, she knows that he has come a long way, and for the first time in his life, he knows what it feels like to be a pet.
(Thanks menusux and Lisa)