The season premiere of DogTown, a National Geographic Channel show that follows rescued dogs at the largest no-kill animal facility in the U.S. by the same name, will have an extra-special focus tonight: The pit bulls rescued from Atlanta Falcons quarterback and kennel/dog fight ring operator, Michael Vick. The episode focuses 4 of the 50 dogs that were rescued from Vick's compound, some of which have a great fear of humans, intense scarring, and physical illnesses due to abuse. The show follows the dogs' healing process and underscores the fact that pit bulls are affectionate when not in the hands of psychotic boneheads. [LA Times]
The shelter where I volunteer every Saturday (Stray Rescue in St. Louis, an amazing no-kill shelter) took in eight pit bulls a couple of months ago that were rescued from a dogfighting ring in Washington state. They were originally going to go to Best Friends (where Dog Town is filmed) but because of the Vicktory dogs, they didn't have the space, so SR took them in. All I have to say is that they are the sweetest and cutest dogs, especially considering what they went through. Most of them are thriving in foster homes as we speak, and the rest are waiting their turn.
There is a special place in hell (not that I believe in hell, but whatever) for people like Michael Vick and DMX.