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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wonder What Happened to Michael Vicks’ Fighting Dogs?: Most Have Been Rehabilitated and Found Loving Homes


It was a crime that shocked the nation. In 2007, investigators walked inside NFL quarterback’s Virginia mansion and uncovered an illegal dog fighting operation. Gruesome details of abuse, torture and execution of “under-performing” dogs made headlines and sparked public outrage.

Vick served 19 months in a federal prison, after which he was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles. As for the 51 abused pit bulls seized from Vick’s farm, a.k.a Bad Newz Kennel? They were immediately deemed the most aggressive, violent dogs in America and were doomed to be put down. That’s where a hero named Donna Reynolds comes in.

Donna was part of a panel of animal experts who found these dogs were anything but dangerous toward people. They believed the dogs deserved a chance to live, and fought for the dogs’ redemption.

Yes, these pit bulls required work, patience, and care; they were justifiably scared to death of the world around them. But they got their redemption, and each day brought unbelievable progress. The pit bulls once used as bait, breeding, and fighting dogs began to overcome their fears. Some have even gone on to become therapy dogs who work with children!

It was recently announced that the former Bad News Kennel has been reinvented as a haven for the recovery of abused dogs. The 15-acre property, purchased in 2011 by non-profit Dogs Deserve Better, has since been transformed into a refuge known as Good Newz Rehab Center. Its mission is to serve as a place to help abused dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds regain trust in human beings.

Watch the incredible transformation of these pit bulls below:

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