Summary of “How Michael Vick’s dogfighting case changed animal welfare”

These dogs are reminders that even now, 12 years later, survivors of former NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation live on in pockets throughout the country, including here at Best Friends Animal Society’s 3,700-acre sanctuary.
For 47 dogs pulled from Bad Newz Kennels, there was another, less publicized development that helped change how dogs taken in large-scale dogfighting busts are treated.
Because Vick’s fame turned the dogfighting bust into a national story, not just a conversation in the animal welfare community, many watched with curiosity or skepticism, wondering whether a dog from a traumatic past could ever live normally in society.
Best Friends said a dog escaped its run and broke into the run of Vick dog Tug, who broke into Denzel’s run.
When her dog died, she reached out to BADRAP. Only then did she learn the dog she had fallen in love with came from the Vick case.
Until her recent death, Mya lived with Curly, another Vick dog, in the same run where the dogs from this case were first housed.
Leaders from across animal welfare met to confront the issue, and it prompted the Humane Society to adjust its stance on dogs seized from fight busts.
Uba, a Vick dog who lives with Letti de Little in northern Virginia, has a housemate named Jamie, a dog from a 2013 multistate fight bust in which 367 dogs were seized.

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