A few months ago, a pit bull rehabilitated following being utilized as a top rated fighter in the dog-fighting ring bankrolled by quarterback Michael Vick has passed away.
Officials at the Best Friends Animal Society point out Lucas was euthanized Wednesday due to accumulating health issues.
Almost two dozen of the Vick dogs were rehabilitated at Best Friends in Kanab, Utah. Lucas was one of two prohibited to be adopted as a result of his history as a fighter.
Therefore, he spent the majority of his time relaxing in the administrative offices at Best Friends, where he was extensively known as one of the most friendly dogs at the sanctuary.
Gregory Castle, the CEO at Best Friends, claims it was ‘a blessing in every way to be around him and to witness the wonderful effects on everyone he met.’
In April 2007, Vick then of the Atlanta Falcons was implicated in an illegal interstate dog fighting ring that had run for 5 years. He pleaded guilty to federal felony charges and served 21 months in prison.
As outlined by court papers in the cases of Vick and his co-defendants, Vick bankrolled the Bad Newz (sic) Kennels operation and joined others in eliminating dogs that did not perform effectively.
Vick was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 after missing out on 2 seasons whilst in federal prison.
Since his release from prison in 2009, Vick has worked with The Humane Society of the United States to speak out against animal cruelty. He had made appearances at schools and talked to students regarding the risks of becoming involved in dogfighting.
Nevertheless there will always be animal lovers who will in no way forgive Vick’s role in running the dog-fighting ring.
In March he had to stop a book-signing tour in support of his autobiography ‘Finally Free’ due to ‘credible threats’ made against him.
‘Despite warnings of planned protests, Vick had hoped to continue with the appearances as planned, bringing his story of redemption and second chance to major markets,’ Worthy Publishing, the Christian publisher releasing his book, said in a statement.
‘However, once the reported protests escalated into threats of violence against the retailers, Worthy Publishing, Vick and his family, decided to cancel the events.’