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The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption (utgåvan 2011)

av Jim Gorant

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This book tells the 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 the author discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. Expanding on his Sports Illustrated cover story, this book 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 this book, 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.… (mer)
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Titel:The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
Författare:Jim Gorant
Info:Gotham (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 304 pages
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The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption av Jim Gorant

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This is (primarily) a look at the rescue and rehabilitation of Michael Vick’s fighting dogs.

It starts off heartbreaking as we get the background of the dogs as they were kept in Vick’s yard. And there is some discussion of the trial, etc, but moreso it follows the investigation into what happened and all the behind-the-scenes stuff as they gathered evidence against Vick and the other men who bred and fought these dogs.

But the bulk of the story follows (some of) the dogs after they are rescued. These dogs, unlike other fighting dogs before them, were not immediately euthanized, There were rescues that came to help with foster homes and sanctuaries to see if they could be rehabilitated and the vast majority of them were. Many found forever homes and some (as of the publishing of the book in 2010) were living in sanctuaries where volunteers continued to work with them. It was hard to read about one of the shelters that took some of them in right away – it’s a rough shelter with not much in the way of amenities.

There are sad parts thrown in as if it’s from one dog’s point of view, as well. Some of the work with the scared dogs reminded me of my volunteering with shy/scared cats, to be honest. The end of the book did a “where are they now?” for both the dogs and the people involved. Of course, “now” was around the time of publication over a decade ago. I realized that none of the dogs are probably living now. ( )
  LibraryCin | Oct 27, 2021 |
A great book with some shaky areas

The Lost Dogs is at its best when it deals in facts: introducing the players in the legal case, for example, and explaining forensic evidence and dog-handling protocols in clear, quick prose. The first half of the book falls mostly into this category: fascinating and easy to follow, keeping the reader engaged through the legal talk with reminders about what the dogs faced during their time at Bad Newz.

Unfortunately, the quality breaks down somewhat when addressing people's thoughts and feelings, dog emotions, and other "abstract" concepts, either coming off too stiff and detached or over-compensating with sentimentality. Some of the descriptions of the dogs' lives in foster homes or in rescues fall into this trap.

Gorant's journalistic style suits a more objective tone. He is able to evoke strong images and emotions and create tension without overdoing it, which is what makes the low points frustrating. Still definitely worth a read for pit bull lovers (vindication!) or critics (this case might change your mind). ( )
  acardon | Feb 5, 2021 |
This was very hard for me to read. It is well-written and seems objective.I still don't understand how someone can do this to dogs. I enjoyed reading about their successes and downs equally. This reinforced my desire to one day have a pit again and to maybe train or work with them in my spare time to change the image of what a pitbull is. ( )
  audraelizabeth | Aug 28, 2019 |
It might be my issue for already knowing 90% of this story (I'm involved in the rescue world, and I share my home with a Pit Bull from a different dogfighting case), but I found The Lost Dogs enjoyable albeit a bit dry and a tad disjointed as a narrative. ( )
  KimMeyer | Sep 7, 2017 |
Did not finish
Borrowed it as book on tape from the library but couldn't stand listening to the story of the dogs as they were still under the control of Michael Vick (before rescue). Maybe will read the print version later
  KylaS | Feb 18, 2016 |
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This book tells the 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 the author discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. Expanding on his Sports Illustrated cover story, this book 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 this book, 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.

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