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The lost dogs : Michael Vick's dogs and their tale of rescue and redemption
Jim Gorant
Adult Nonfiction HV4746 .G67 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Expanding on his Sports Illustrated cover story, Gorant (Fanatic) offers a chilling investigation into Michael Vick's dog-fighting operation and the men and women who brought him to justice and rehabilitated the rescued dogs. Gorant outlines the rise of Bad Newz Kennels, describing in sometimes painful detail the abuse, torture, and execution of the animals-particularly disturbing is an episode in which Vick and a friend swing a failed fighting dog "over their heads like a jump rope" and kill it by repeatedly slamming it into the ground-and tracing the rescue of dozens of pit bulls seized from Vick's property. Gorant outlines the efforts to save these animals from euthanasia, challenging the negative public perceptions of pit bulls and reporting back on the status of dogs like Sox (now a certified therapy dog), Zippy (adopted by a family of five), and Iggy (still shy but growing comfortable with his adopted circle of friends). At a time when Vick has returned to professional football and much of the public outcry about Bad Newz Kennels has been forgotten, this book provides a stark reminder about the horror and prevalence of dog fighting. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

When Gorant's cover story on Michael Vick's dogs appeared in the December 29, 2008, issue of Sports Illustrated, it received the hugest response of any story the magazine published that year. In this expansion, told with quiet authority (and unbelievable guts), Gorant details the discovery of the Bad Newz kennel, the efforts of USDA special agent Jim Knorr and Virginia deputy sheriff Bill Brinkman to bust it, official resistance to touching Vick, the move on Bad Newz, the efforts of BAD RAP pit bull rescuers Tim Racer and Donna Reynolds to evaluate the dogs (which saved them from being destroyed), the thoroughgoing plan for the dogs' reclamation, and the legal and moral ramifications of the case. Read about the injuries, the exhumation of dogs shot or hung, the bloodied ring, and the eyewitness account of Vick taking a little red dog (a trope throughout) and swinging her around by the legs, smashing her to death-and see if you can stop shaking. Then learn that when the tenacious and unjustly maligned pit bull was forced into fighting, it became even more deeply responsive to humans-a trait it retains. All but a few of Vick's dogs have been rehabilitated-they're family pets and even therapy dogs whose stories are all here. Verdict Riveting, heartbreaking, and finally hopeful, this is exemplary reporting; essential for anyone who cares about animal welfare-or what it means to be responsibly human. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/10.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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