Did you read on Best Friends website that the Vick dogs got in a fight and one killed another and the two surviving are seriously injured. Not all animals are able to be retrained. Best Friends made a mistake in taking them, I hope they admit it.
I contemplated leaving the comment, which has an oddly gleeful “I told you so” tone to it, embedded in the many that the post received and ignoring it, but I’ve decided to address it instead because it’s important to stress that what happened doesn’t change anything.
First, here’s the link to the Sad News from Dog Town, the Best Friends blog that details the story. The comments had to be cut off because they got so rancorous. I’ll leave you to form your own judgments.
Here’s mine: Some victims of crimes — and let’s not forget that this is precisely what Michael Vick’s dogs are — have more repercussions from their victimization than others. Should we start killing crime victims as soon as they show signs of being adversely affected by their experiences?
Saving fighting dogs is new territory that Best Friends ventured into, much to their credit. Let’s not generalize from one incident. Like I said, pit bulls are just dogs. The Vick pit bulls have more problems than many other dogs of all breeds, but they also have more resources directed towards their care, which is as it should be. Let’s learn from this how to go forward, not how to fall back on the same old stereotypes of innate viciousness and incorrigibility.