One of Michael Vick's DogsThroughout this whole sad debacle, one thing that has been too seldom mentioned is the fate of the living victims of Michael Vick’s crime, the dogs that were removed from his Surry, VA property in April. For more than 5 months these poor dogs have languished in a publicly unknown facility.

The HSUS and PETA have fought to have all the dogs euthanized while many other animal advocacy organizations have pleaded for mercy for the dogs. The court ordered the dogs to be evaluated which at least gave them a ‘fighting chance’ for a second chance.

Last month a team of animal behavior experts selected by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals analyzed the dogs, and then recommended whether they were best suited with families, trained as police dogs, placed in a sanctuary or euthanized.

Well, the evaluations are in and it looks like 48 of the dogs “will be placed with families or put in a “sanctuary,” where they will interact with people to overcome their fear and lack of socialization, according to court order filed Monday.”

One of the dogs has been deemed far too aggressive and the evaluation could not even be completed, he will have to be humanely euthanized.

A judge has yet to grant this motion but it looks like good news for most of the dogs for which I am very pleased.

Once the motion is granted, a guardian will most likely be appointed to oversee the placement of the dogs.

Hopefully Vick will be footing the bill for the evaluation, training and whatever else these dogs need but considering he is now facing two lawsuits for defaulted loans, it seems he has mysteriously gone broke.

For all the background and info on the Michael Vick case, including all the court documents, please see Michael Vick and Dogfighting.

Source – CNN

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