A pit bull that was once the top fighter in Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring has been euthanized after a growing number of health problems.
The dog, Lucas, had been saved from the fighting ring and rehabilitated at Best Friends Animal Society, a shelter in Kanab, Utah. That was the destination for close to two dozen of the dogs saved from Vick’s dogfighting ring, but Lucas was deemed too dangerous to be adopted.
But his reputation at the shelter was much different. Workers remembered him for hanging around the administrative offices and being one of the friendliest dogs at the shelter.
Gregory Castle, CEO at Best Friends, says it was “a blessing in every way to be around him and to witness the wonderful effects on everyone he met.”
Vick was convicted of running the dogfighting ring, financing the operations, and killing dogs that did not perform well enough. He served 18 months in federal prison.
Despite serving his time in prison, Michael Vick’s history as the leader of the dogfighting ring has followed him. Earlier this year, he had to cancel a planned appearance at a Barnes & Noble in Easton, Pennsylvania after he received death threats.
But Michael Vick has worked hard to restore his image and atone for his work in the dog fighting ring. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, leading the team to the playoffs and signing a $100 million extension. He has also worked with The Humane Society of the United States to speak out against animal cruelty.Michael Vick now has a dog again, a Belgian Malinois named Angel.
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said. “As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals.
“I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family.”