Vick's Fighters Now Cuddlers

Fifty-plus dogs given second chance in new homes
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2008 2:32 PM CST
Vick's Fighters Now Cuddlers
Leslie Nuccio, left, holds up Hector, a pit bull that was seized from Michael Vick's property, as he meets Johnny, another dog taken from Vick's property, held by Jennifer, right, during a good citizen-dog training class in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. Several dogs once owned by Michael...   (Associated Press)

Many of the pit bulls Michael Vick illegally trained to fight have better days ahead, the AP reports. Experts have evaluated the more than 50 dogs taken from the quarterback’s property—and only one showed aggression. The rest were transported to rescue groups nationwide; 13 took an unlikely cross-country trip to Oakland to be groomed for eventual foster care.

The dogs’ good natures were “completely the opposite of what we were led to believe,” said one evaluator, and “much to our amazement,” said another, an assistant US attorney agreed to let the Oakland group handle the dogs. Now, scarred fighters are living lives of luxury. Said one caretaker of her new pet: “He’s turning out to be a man of high class.” (Read more Michael Vick stories.)

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