San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 25, 2008
What's Next for Michael Vick's Pit Bull Dogs? Are they adoptable?
These are some of the questions that Americans have been asking since the landmark trial began.
Today those questions can be answered. This morning the court lifted the gag order on the Michael Vick dogfighting case after sentencing the last defendant. Now, for the first time, Americans can meet some of these dogs in a special video report by the editors of http://www.dogtime.com.
DogTime visited the dogs being cared for by BAD RAP, (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls), of Oakland, CA, the leading pit bull dog rescue and advocacy group called in to help evaluate and care for the dogs. Dogtime has been following the dogs including watching them in obedience class to find out how they're faring on the road to their new lives as companion dogs.
"The healthy progress these dogs have made is remarkable and heartwarming," said Clare Ellis, Editor of DogTime.com who visited with the dogs. "It's our pleasure to introduce you to four friendly canine creatures who look nothing like the fighters many people imagined. Meet Jonny Justice, Ernie, Uba and Hector."
After the dogs were seized from the property of the former Atlanta Falcons football star Michael Vick, the court and the ASPCA formed a team of dog experts to care for the dogs. The pit bull dogs were temperament tested and a national placement strategy was devised for them. BAD RAP's co-founders, Donna Reynolds and Tim Racer, were called on by the ASPCA to help. They had become nationally known when they were brought in to coordinate the rescue of the pit bulls left homeless after Hurricane Katrina.
Following, the ASPCA team's recommendations, the court ordered the potentially adoptable dogs to spend six months to a year being trained and observed for signs they're ready for life as a family dog. The dogs will be trained to earn their AKC Canine Good Citizenship certificate, a test of basic manners and obedience skills.
According to the court, approximately 65 dogs were seized from the Michael Vick property. 53 of them were pit bulls. 4 died before a guardian was appointed. 2 were euthanized. Of the 47 dogs under supervision, it was determined that some of them would be adoptable, and some would live in a sanctuary permanently.
For more information about this story and continuing coverage of the dogs, go to http://www.dogtime.com.
DogTimeMedia is the largest pet media network, reaching more than 10 million pet lovers through 50 pet sites, including Dogtime.com, the premier destination for dog people. Headquartered in San Francisco, DogTime staff's collective experience includes years of raising dogs, writing about dogs, rescuing dogs, training dogs, walking dogs, falling in love with and having our hearts broken by dogs. DogTime's mission is to keep dogs out of shelters and in good homes by equipping novice and experienced owners alike with all the information needed to make them, and their dogs, very happy. Trevor Wright is the President and Clare Ellis is the SVP of Content and Editor.