May 19th, 2009
01:33 PM ET

Video: The Vick dogs - then and now

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear Randi Kaye's report on what happened to Michael Vick's dogs on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

The organization BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls) was formed in 1999 to rescue and redeem American pit bull terriers. The organization helps Bay Area residents adopt Pit Bulls and uses training sessions designed to socialize dogs and make them suitable for life as a pet. After fighting pit bulls were taken from football star Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels, BAD RAP took part in evaluating, training and finding homes for the dogs. Watch this video of some of the dogs that were originally owned by Michael Vick.

Go to the BAD RAP web site to see a timeline of the dogs' healing process.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Carla Bond

    Also check out Bestfriends.org, a large, nationally active shelter out of Kanab, Utah, that rescued and rehabilitated several of the pits. We call them "Vicktory dogs"!

    May 19, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  2. cj

    way too much persecution on Vick when theres others who abuse or kill or accidentally kill people. A player can hit and kill a person and get 90 days in jail is outragous! Dog fighting been around for years and still going on and we havent heard a single article about dog abuse since Vick! PETA is ridiculous, over zealous, jump on Vick cause it was easy, over-rated, and wont ever support their cause. If they continued their fight for dog fighting, then I would have a different opinion.

    May 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  3. Alonza, Jax., FL

    I am sick of hearing about these dogs. Yes they are pets, but people treat these animals better than people. They will sit around letting people go hungry or sit and listen to domestic violence and do nothing to stop it. So I say whatever with these dogs. When we start living in a peaceful society, then i will start to care.

    May 19, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  4. Deb

    Watch Dog Town on National Geographic channel. They've taken some of Vick dogs and rehab'd them. Was very sad to see what those dogs were put through.

    May 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  5. GH

    Apologies for the typo. The next-to-last sentence should have read: "... in the same house AS one."

    May 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  6. GH

    Too much emphasis on thug image, or needing something external or cosmetic to make a man "feel like a man" - or having to guard one's dope stash. Or all of the above. That's what's helped give the pitbull a "bad rap," in addition to the breed's alleged tendency to turn on its master. (Dobermans had that same reputation but I don't hear so much about them anymore.) Pitbulls may be sweet dogs deep down but I still won't own or live in the same house one, or walk down the same sidewalk as someone walking theirs. Some minds you can't change.

    May 19, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  7. Cindy

    I saw a great doc and read a great article in Sports Illustrated that told about the dogs that Vick and his cronies abused. It chronicled their time when they were first rescued all the way to where they are now and even a lot of them being able to go to homes to live. I'll be looking forward to Randi's report.


    May 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm |