Vick’s Dogs Moving Forward And Getting The Love They Deserve


Last week, we brought you the story of Hector, one of Michael Vick’s dogs. He is leading a new life with his foster mom in California.

All of the dogs that were seized from Vick’s property have a touching and moving story of the trauma they endured and the hope that lies ahead for them.

For Georgia, a pit bull mix who is now at Best Friends Animal Society Sanctuary, it has been a long and hard road to where she is now.

Her face, legs, and torso have numerous scars, and her tongue juts from the left side of her mouth because her jaw, once broken, healed at an awkward angle.

But the most obvious sign that Georgia may have gone through the most abuse at Vick’s property is that she has no teeth. All 42 of her teeth were pried from her mouth, probably to ensure that she could not harm male dogs during forced breeding.

The workers at Best Friends observe and wonder why Georgia barks at her doghouse constantly and rolls her toys so much that her nose is rubbed raw. Although they will never know what happened to her in the past, all they can try and find out is how to bring happiness and love to her now.

Here is more from the New York Times about Vick’s dogs starting over again at Best Friends:

Life at Best Friends is nothing like it was at Mr. Vick’s property on Moonlight Road in Smithfield, Va., where many of the dogs were found chained to buried car axles. They slept on concrete. Their water, if any, was kept in algae-covered bowls. Most were underfed. Some showed recent lacerations.

Here, they live in a 3,700-acre sanctuary that is covered by juniper trees and sagebrush, and surrounded by canyons and red-rock formations. They have food called Canine Caviar, squeaky toys, fluffy beds and four full-time caregivers. The caregiver on the night shift curls up with the dogs for naps.

They are assigned to an area of the sanctuary called Dogtown Heights, what Best Friends calls a gated community. Vick’s dogs have their own building with heated floors, sound-absorbing barriers and skylights. Each has an individual dog run because, for now, the dogs must remain isolated, for safety’s sake.

Caregivers walk the dogs several times a day and spend time in their kennels, praising and caressing them. It is progress when a dog like Cherry does not need to be carried, because he is afraid to walk on a leash. It is monumental when Shadow approaches them instead of retreating.

“We want to get them to understand that being around people isn’t necessarily a bad thing; that we won’t hurt them,” Mr. Garcia [the assistant dog care manager of Dogtown] said. “The worst thing we could do is push them too hard, too fast.”

For Georgia, even though she has endured such trauma, she still has room in her heart to love and trust human beings.

Garcia said, “These dogs have been beaten and starved and tortured, and they have every reason not to trust us. But deep down, they love us and still want to be with us. It is amazing how resilient they are.”

Source: New York Times

(Thanks Nancy G.)

24 Responses to “Vick’s Dogs Moving Forward And Getting The Love They Deserve”

  1. Nora and Rufus says:

    whenever I learn another sickening detail about how Vic’s dogs were treated…..such as Georgia’s teeth….I know that Vic and his cohorts are despicable human beings yet one more time.

  2. Lynne says:

    “All 42 of her teeth were pried from her mouth, probably to ensure that she could not harm male dogs during forced breeding.”

    I just want to weep.

  3. Amanda says:

    Those poor babies :( Just makes me want to adopt one and show them the love of a forever home.

  4. Nancy G. says:

    Keep an eye on the National Geographic Channel this summer. They just had a brief series called “Dogtown”, about this rescue place in Utah. They are now out there filming some new episodes, which will be about these Vick dogs. They are supposed to air this summer.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why didnt’ the judge sentence Vick to be “chained to buried car axles. … slept on concrete.. water, if any, was kept in algae-covered bowls. .. underfed. lacerations….All 42 of her teeth were pried from her mouth” ??? Why is he not contributing to the permanant development of this center??? Why?

  6. Nora and Rufus says:

    I saw the “Dog Town” episodes that showed a couple weeks ago and I LOVE it. I look so forward to more programing from this source!!!!!!!

  7. Jodie says:

    “All 42 of her teeth were pried from her mouth, probably to ensure that she could not harm male dogs during forced breeding.”

    WTF????? It never ceases to appall me how sub-humans’ minds work. I just can’t wrap my brain around it.

    Poor, poor babies….my heart breaks for them all.

  8. meh says:

    There’s no punishment severe enough for Michael Vick and his collaborators; they should all be thrown in prison for life, the filthy creeps.

  9. annelouise says:

    I wish some big guy would force Vick to breed. He is worse then any animal on this planet. When he gets out, I hope Peta, the people from the SPCA and all the animal lovers that have the money and time, hound the sh-t out of him.

  10. mittens says:

    the teeth thing and that they have to be carried because theyre scared of the leash made me blind with rage….

    people HAVE to understand that this is not the standard rehab sort of care available to most dogs who emerge from dog fighting situations. it’s vick’s money that’s allowing it to be so. in most cases, no money is available for such specialized, human interaction intensive critical care that could turn a dog around and they’re euthanized for lack of the options money and DONATIONS and VOLUNTEERING could provide.

    i am never surprised at the power of love. i’ve had abused cats who loathed humans come around to be loving lap cats through patience and love.

  11. Katie says:

    I am so happy that these dogs are now finding that most humans have compassion and love for their animals. We are not all “beasts” like Mike Vick and his friends.


  12. The Lioness says:

    Poor, precious Georgia. That makes me so sad. I just want to bring her home and curl up with her. Poor, sweet girl.

    Vick is a scumbag.

    ~The Lioness

  13. kaefamily says:

    I wonder what women in Vick’s life saw in him knowing well what he and his cohorts did to female dogs like Georgia. I wonder how those women sleep at night. Does Vick and his cohorts have any daughter of their own?

  14. Margaret says:

    I pray Vick won’t get a day short of his sentence, poor Georgia, having her teeth pulled and we know she wasn’t given anyting for pain before, during or about doing the same to Vick, a leopard doesn’t change their colors, he is a beast and will remain a beast the rest of his life.

  15. FrannyMom says:

    Ditto for me — the teeth and leash details just make me ill.
    You wonder if some of these dogs ever will recover, despite the top-level rehab care they are receiving.

  16. Maria says:

    Heartbreaking and infuriating, especially Georgia. Vick’s “sentence” is a slap on the wrist for the daily torture he and his cohorts inflicted on these innocent animals. No punishment will ever right the wrongs they committed. I hope they all, especially Georgia, have long lives ahead of them and that, with love and care, they can know happiness for the first time. And as for Vick himself, I am reminded of the words a murder victim’s mother said of the accused after the guilty verdict: “I hope he rots in hell.”

  17. Susan says:

    What a beautiful picture to start this story off with. They are just dogs that want love, compassion and a forever home like any other dog. I like alot of you are sicken by what I read in these stories. I dont understand how some people can be so sick and heartless, how do you sleep at night? Its just not fair that there punishment isnt enough for what they have done. They will pay in the end. I hope each any everyone of those pitbulls learns that there are good, loving humans out there and will learn to trust again.


  18. Cheryl Wrona says:

    Bestfriends was one of the places that fought to keep the dogs alive.
    Bestfriends Animal Sanctuary is huge and follows no kill policies. They have about 1500-1700 animal at any given time and just about any kind you can think of. They just finished up a rescue of about 800 cats in Nevada. I read about what they do on their website. This place makes HSUS, PETA and ASPCA look like cold blooded killers. Keep in mind the last three mentioned wanted the dogs killed. They approve of the breed specific killing where Bestfriends does not. The 800 cats HSUS, PETA and ASPCA would have also killed.
    Funny thing, too, Michael Vick, I think, was offered to visit Bestfriends and never did. I guess PETA showed him some videos because PETA has no sanctuary. My opinion Michael Vick will never change so I hope the courts watch him forever and never let him have animals, Ever!

  19. G in INdiana says:

    “I wonder what women in Vick’s life saw in him ”

    That’s about all he has going for him in any department.

    I don’t donate any cash to the ASPCA, HSUS or PETA. I do donate to Best Friends and have for years. If you are in their area, Kanab Utah, a really gorgeous place, you can visit and even volunteer to help out with the dogs, cats, horse, birds, rabbits, etc. they have living there.
    They have a wonderful magazine you get when you donate and it is full of great rescue stories, pet information and tons of pictures.

  20. Denise says:

    I would love to see Vick and his friends get what they gave. They are animals nothing short of animals. I don’t belveive for one minute that there is any help for any of them. They can’t fix them. Thank god there is help for these pups but someone said not others that go through this. I live 20 miles from detroit and they fight those dogs all over and even in inkster a suburb of Detroit. we need stronger laws. Take care everyone. sincerely, Denise

  21. KarlaSanDiego says:

    Well said by all of the above animal lovers.

    I love this website

  22. Janet says:

    The abuse of helpless critters makes me so upset I can’t even put words to it.
    The only justice here is that these poor dogs are now getting the love and care that they deserve. Hopefully they can be rehabilitated and go to loving families. May God bless those that are caring for them.

  23. Furbabies says:

    I too wish that some of the other inmates would make Vick their love slave. Let him know that it feels like to be forcibly raped over and over. Happy Valentine’s Day Mikey!

  24. Janegael says:

    I have a pit mix whose owner kicked in many of her teeth. I also have a pit girl from a fighter who beat her until her head is flat on one side leaving her with permanent brain damage. We adopted out a senior dog to a kind man with a little pit girl who was force bred and is afraid of almost everyone and every dog except our senior gentleman. Having seen dogs this abused and knowing how much they can heal and become a part of a family I pray that all of Vick’s dogs get the chance. It takes time and love and patience, but they can be part of a home. Our two have happy lives and little Petunia loves her friend Cody and even shares her bones with him. Oh lest I forget to mention, we took Cody because his owner was going to kill him for being older and in the way. He’s not in Petunia’s way at all. :)

    Bless Best Friends and Bad Rap for giving these tortured dogs a chance at having a life!

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