It’s hard to forget the gruesome stories that we heard concerning Michael Vick and his mistreatment of dogs. There is a good side to this story, beyond Vick’s time in jail to repent his sins and make amends.
The pit bulls, all of whom were taken from Vick’s Virginia property during the police raid in 2007, underwent a year-long, $800,000 therapy program at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. The sanctuary helped the dogs overcome serious health problems and their deadly fighting instincts.
Gotta wonder if Vick gets to pay the bill.
“Saving the Michael Vick Dogs,” the two-hour season premiere of “DogTown,” Friday night on the National Geographic Channel.
According to the New York Post, the show does not deal at great length with Mr. Vick’s crimes, except to show black-and-white film of dogfights (not graphic but still upsetting).
“DogTown” follows the progress of 4 of the dogs rescued from Vick’s Virginia property. One of the dogs, Cherry, came to the rescuers with pathological shyness and fear, leading trainers to believe he was used as a bait dog.
Meryl (the dogs’ names are all new, given after their rescue) is deemed “too aggressive to ever leave DogTown,” has a parasite that can be contracted from deep puncture wounds.
Georgia is covered in scars. She was bred repeatedly. Her teeth are gone. They were pulled to prevent Georgia from attacking the male dog during forced breeding (she would be chained to a crate and raped).
Why Vick would choose this life over the life of being a quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, looking at $130 million (plus endorsements) is something that will be discussed for a long time. We can only hope that he has learned his lesson and will right his wrong.
Treating dogs like he did, according to the reports that landed him in jail, is sick.
Vick is serving a 23-month sentence in a federal prison.
You can watch DogTown National Geographic Channel, Friday nights at 9, Eastern and Pacific times; 8, Central time. I cannot because my local Comcast decided to pull NG in lieu of the Big Ten Network.