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would U adopt a rehabilitated dog - no way, maybe, it depends, or SURE!
not of a bully-breed or mix
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it would depend on the individual dog
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maybe - with follow-up support
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previously adopted a rehabbed-dog
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SURE and i have met rehabbed dogs
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SURE and i live-with a rehabbed dog!
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PostSubject: VICK-tory dogs: *vicks* ex-fighters - where R they? [2 articles]   Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:32 am

http://tinyurl.com/2b78rv4
'Can U teach a bad-dog new tricks?' - PARADE mag. article



http://tinyurl.com/235w39g
'where are they now?' - 20 slides of the over-40 dogs

not all were fought; but all were neglected, under-socialized, many brutalized.
a new book is coming out that covers the subject in depth, but these two articles are clearly evidence:
these dogs are the ultimate proof of k9-resilience and forgiveness; they are a living rebuke to the folks who say, "impossible", "pointless", "waste of time", and "why bother?"

granted, it was only * vicks * deep purse that made their eval, shipping, B-Mod, vet-care and recovery possible - this was neither cheap nor simple -
BUT it was definitely worthwhile, and shattered the S-O-P policy of "put em all down", which is the fate of 99.99% of all dogs seized in fight-cases --
even puppies or dogs used solely as breeding stock, or bait-dogs --- they are ALL generally destroyed.


municipal-authorities, state and Federal agencies, and rescue groups can no longer claim that ALL former-fighters and fighting-line dogs are hopeless, 'must be' killed to protect the public, or are impossible to repair... because these dogs are still very much alive, the huge majority are in pet-homes, and they are doing just fine, thanks -
many are therapy-pets, a few are literacy-dogs, several are star athletes.
the smallest fraction are the dogs in permanent custodial care - which again, * vicks * purse financed. but IMO that is only fair; these dogs and uncounted predecessors made him huge sums of money, by fighting, bleeding, breeding and dying; the unknown dogs who shredded the painted-concrete pool lining, dying while hooked-up to a car-battery and struggling to escape drowning, may never be avenged...
justice for the dogs hung, beaten and otherwise killed is not possible. but by DoG, we can make the perpetrator PAY for the care of the badly-damaged
survivors - for the rest of their natural lives - and IMO, that is only fair.


i hope that law-enforcement took note - and that more dog-fighters are forced to pay post-conviction for the care, rehab and if need be, custodial costs of shelter, care and vet-needs for life, of the surviving dogs.

that could be the very-best deterrent of all - since DOG-FIGHTING like PUPPY-MILLS is all about the $$.
they cannot be defeated by appeals to conscience or morality, or severe legal consequences?
fine - then we can bankrupt the %$#$*&@! and dissuade others from taking up the so-called 'sport', or the 'industry' of commercial-scale, livestock-style dog-breeding.
works for me! cheers sunny

sic em! Just watching cheers

- terry


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PostSubject: Re: VICK-tory dogs: *vicks* ex-fighters - where R they? [2 articles]   Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:05 pm

Hmmm very interesting solution.... I think a good one too. To make dog fighters and puppy millers pay for the care of the dogs they've damaged. I see nothing wrong with that! And it sure wouldn't fall under 'crule and unusual' punishment....

I think I would adopt a rehabilitated dog, of course much would depend on the individual and my current circumstance. I currently own a dog that was abused when she was smaller. And its been hard, but with patience you can sure help them out!

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PostSubject: Re: VICK-tory dogs: *vicks* ex-fighters - where R they? [2 articles]   Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:53 pm

I have no problem with a rehab dog and I would adopt a rehabilitated dog if i had the room. But I would have to make sure that the dog in question would fit my lifestyle, and it would depend on if the individual dog and i "hit it off" ... So many ppl adopt with thier emotions and not thier common sence.

The other factor would be WHO did the rehab. Org's like Dogtown have the ability to do the COMPLETE job and dont have to hurry or cut corners. I think this is the most important thing in doing rehab!!!

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PostSubject: Re: VICK-tory dogs: *vicks* ex-fighters - where R they? [2 articles]   Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:22 am

I think the most interesting dog I've ever adopted (and then rehomed, all planned out ahead of time) was a rottie pup (about 15 months) used as a bait dog for a dog fighting ring in GA. He's a fabulous dog and I would have kept him myself except that I already had 7 at the time and 2 fosters. I'll admit that the first few days were rough, but once he understood what was expected of him, it was wonderful working with him. I still visit him and I always get the same enthusiastic welcome!
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