The Lost Dogs

The Lost Dogs

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

Book - 2010
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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 dog fighting 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, which were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly a 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.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781592405503
Branch Call Number: 636.0832 GOR 2010 22
Characteristics: xi, 287 p., 8 p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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jessicaaws
Feb 09, 2017

This incredible book had me hooked from the first page. As others have said, the first 1/3 is graphic and very difficult to get through - but important. It's easy to bury our heads in the sand and pretend that this kind of human cruelty doesn't exist...but it does, and these dogs were the victims. The rest of the book is a powerful story of redemption and healing, and shows how incredibly resilient dogs can be. This is a must read for every animal lover, and if you have a negative view of pit bulls - this is guaranteed to open your mind and your heart to these amazing animals.

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Manfredchensenjen
Oct 11, 2015

Don't let a child read this book. These dogs want to play and to love. The Michael Vick crew are looking for Charles Manson. (I think Freud said people are supposed to want to work and to love, but most people are screwed up. These well-adjusted beings want to play and to love, and they are murdered for it, most of them.) Fortunately as the book progresses the rescuers find out these dogs display no aggression and only want affection. Some of them end up as therapy dogs in hospitals and who sit in libraries with children learning to read! It's brain-searing in the beginning and heart-warming in the end.

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kakacurt
Apr 08, 2014

Good book. However, had to flip past graphic details of dog fighting.

sablegirl Oct 16, 2012

When I first started reading this book, I was a bit hesitant to continue as the beginning was about the fighting and what happens to the dogs. Luckily, this was just a small part of the book and put there so the reader could understand what these dogs went through. After the first few chapters, we start to understand how these wonderful dogs were taken care of and nutured by rescue groups. Loving, patient and understanding foster homes took these dogs in and trained them. There are so many good places these dogs can go to so they can be put back into homes. It was a truly inspiring and educational story. I now have a different view of pit bulls. I highly recommend this book. (I also hate Michael Vick MORE now than I did before and still think he shouldn't be allowed to play football.)

lauriez Aug 07, 2011

Everyone should read this book...especially people that already have a negative perception of dogs. It will change your heart. Very difficult to get past the first 1/3 of the book, after that it's still difficult but very uplifting. You will be left searching for a way to continue to bring Michael Vick to justice...lets hope there really is a thing called karma.

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Shihtzulover
Mar 31, 2011

Do remember where you were when the news of football star,Michael Vick, being busted for running a dog fighting ring came out?
Expanding on his December 29,2008 Sports Illustrated article Gorant offers a ,chilling investigation into Vick's dog-fighting operation and the men and women who brought him to justice and rescued his 51 dogs.All but a few of Vick's dogs have been rehabilitated-their family pets and even therapy dogs whose stories Gorant tells.Riveting, heartbreak, and finally hopeful,Gorant's exemplary reporting is essential reading for anyone who cares about animal welfare or what it means to be responsibly human.

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feyfriend
Oct 26, 2010

Well done book! I thought I'd followed this case quite closely, but there was lots I missed. A truly inspiring look at the law enforcement work behind the bust, the very dedicated rescue workers who gave their all to the dogs, and the tenacious survivors themselves, who taught so many humans what forgiveness looks like. Gorant deserves high praise for this work, it is incredibly well written.

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