Vick’s Dogs Find Loving Homes, Start New Life

HectorHector 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 ’sit’ 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.

Source: MSNBC

(Thanks menusux and Lisa)

10 Responses to “Vick’s Dogs Find Loving Homes, Start New Life”

  1. Lynne says:

    I’m so happy. I hope in the future opponents of breed bans can point to these dogs as proof that it isn’t the breed: it’s the owner.

  2. Nora and Rufus says:

    Just as we who are familiar with many breeds of dogs…..ALREADY KNEW. That these dogs only want love and to trust and just to live a good life. So much appreciation goes to the people who stood their ground with the knowlege that these dogs who passed the test, only needed love and time to be rehabilitated.

  3. Nancy G. says:

    I also read that Hector loves classic cello music, he’ll lie down by the speakers and listen to it, and they plan on training him, in the future, to be a therapy dog. Wonderful news. When I saw pics of them when they were first seized [I live in Va.] the look in their eyes was of trauma, not cockiness or daring or viciousness. They all looked traumatized.

  4. Dianne says:

    You can see more pictures and hear about them here:

    I’ve been a big fan of bad rap since their work during the aftermath of Katrina. Good to see them getting such good publicity for these great, goofy dogs.

    Seems Michael Vick was not even a very good business man, to have such a goofy bunch of fighting dogs!

  5. Cate says:

    Shame on all those people who use dogs to fight other dogs or as bait. What kind of person takes any kind of pleasure out of harming an animal? Michael Vick got what he deserves and I am happy to see that the dogs he abused are finally getting the love and care they deserve.

  6. angela says:

    Hooray for Hector! I have become a big fan of his :)

  7. Cynic says:

    So much for the promise of keeping Vick’s dogs’ identities secret! Grrrr.

  8. Dianne says:

    There never was a promise of keeping the dogs a secret. The judge lifted the gag order on Friday. The dogs at Best Friends animal sanctuary will be featured on National Geographic’s Dog Town. I think its important for the public to see these dogs. And as for their “identities” - don’t you think that’s kind of silly?

  9. Lynne says:

    Dianne, I agree. It’s important to show the public that pit bulls are not the problem: it’s the owners.

  10. Pam says:

    I couldn’t agree with Dianne and Lynn more. The shelters are overflowing with Pit Bulls and it’s all because of stupid people. These lovely dogs are paying the ultimate price for a problem which is, once again, man made.

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