Pit bull that survived Michael Vick's dogfighting ring dies of cancer
BY LESLIE GRIFFY • firstname.lastname@example.org •
April 6, 2010
In this September 2008 file photo, Red, a former Michael Vick fighting dog, gets a kiss on the head by Amanda Mouisset, pet behavior specialist, at the SPCA for Monterey County in Monterey. (Brittany Durgin)
After getting a second chance on life with a Monterey County family, a pit bull rescued from football player Michael Vick's dogfighting ring died Monday.
Red, an 8-year-old pit bull, spent the last year of his life with Amanda Mouisset, a pet behavioral specialist at SPCA for Monterey County, and her family.
"Red truly shows that dogs are amazing and resilient," said Beth Brookhouser, SPCA director of community outreach.
Red, she said, was born into a life that "no animal deserves."
When authorities discovered Vick's dogfighting operation in April 2007, they seized dozens of dogs. A federal indictment charged Vick in an inter-state dogfighting conspiracy.
The indictment's gruesome details included that some dogs were hanged, drowned and electrocuted.
Red, along with three other dogs from the ring, made his way to Monterey County, where Mouisset adopted him.
He worked with her, helping other dogs that were aggressive toward other pets.
"Many people have said to me how lucky Red is that we adopted him," Mouisset said in a statement, "but I have to disagree. We have been truly the lucky ones."
Last week, veterinarians working with Red found two cancerous tumors. Aggressive treatment would have extended his life a few months, Brookhouser said, so Mouisset opted against it.
He died surrounded by the family he adopted in Monterey County.
Vick was released from federal prison a year ago, after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 23 months. He now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.
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