The Lost Dogs

The Lost Dogs

Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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This is an inspiring story of survival and our powerful bond with man's best friend in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious case of animal cruelty. Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dogfighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. Expanding on Gorant's Sports Illustrated cover story, The Lost Dogs traces the effort to bring Vick to justice and turns the spotlight on these infamous pit bulls, who were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly one million dollars in ?restitution? to the dogs. As an ASPCA-led team evaluated each one, they found a few hardened fighters, but many more lovable, friendly creatures desperate for compassion. In The Lost Dogs, we meet these amazing animals, a number of which are now living in loving homes, while some even work in therapy programs. Johnny Justice participates in Paws for Tales, which lets kids get comfortable with reading aloud by reading to dogs; Leo spends three hours a week with cancer patients and troubled teens. At the heart of the stories are the rescue workers who transformed the pups from victims of animal cruelty into healing caregivers themselves, unleashing priceless hope.
Published: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781441758354
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 09 min.)) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Garcia, Paul Michael


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AgilityQueen Mar 23, 2017

I found this book very disturbing, but also enlightening as to how our justice system views animals. Luckily, this situation turned some well intentioned thoughts about the ability to rehabilitate fighting dogs upside down. Only one dog of the 50+ that were rescued was too aggressive to be rehabilitated. I'm so glad they took the time to use professional Animal Behaviorists to evaluate these poor dogs and give them at least a little happiness after a life filled with torture.

May 22, 2013

Everyone who loves dogs, or just cares, should listen to this book. Some people have suggested that Vick was picked on because he was a successful, black sportstar, who pulled himself out of a bad situation. But after listening to this book, I see him as a rich celebrity that manages to pay MOST of his way out of punishment. People should not be able to do anything, ANYTHING, this bad and get away with it. It doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, black or white; whether you destroy a human's life or an animal's - most people do not bother to think about the consequences... I read recently that Vick has a new dog and is taking training lessons at a pet store with his kid... I believe in redemption, but I hope that people never forget what he did; what his crew did. All of them were terribly cruel. You can't beat dogs to death and not think that it can't affect you. That is the sort of thing that will leave scars on your soul. Anyone, whether it is hunters killing endangered animals for fun/profit, or dog fighting rings... it doesn't matter these people have done evil things and you should never forget that... That said, there is much redemption and hope for the humane treatment of all animals in our society in this tragic story.

Jan 04, 2013

Very sad, but good book.

Paws2Read Oct 11, 2012

This is an excellent book profiling the cruelty dished out by a football celebrity, the amazing resiliency of Pit Bulls, and the love and dedication of some amazing dog rescuers. Jim Gorant (also the author of another great read, WALLACE) has given us a firsthand look into the heartless world of dog fighters, and the determination of those who rescue dogs. Cowards fight dogs – Hero’s fight FOR them. At times a difficult book to read because of Michael Vick’s actions but well worth your time and tears to see how these dogs and their rescuers succeed the first time Pit Bull fighting dogs were allowed to live.

aced2000 Oct 10, 2012

Another great must read for the same pre-conceived brainwashed notions on certain dog breeds....can be very sad & upsetting what these dogs go through and how a public celebrity outright lies and gets a slap on the wrist for killing many dogs all for money & GREED! The ones that make it through all this end up with a happy ending!


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