Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Lost Dogs

By now, most everyone has heard about the dozens of dogs rescued from the illegal dog fighting operation of professiona football player Michael Vicks, who was arrested and later served prison time for his violation of the RICO Act.

The Lost Dogs, a book by Jim Gorant (who is a magazine editor and writer, and currently the Senior Editor at Sports Illustrated), tells the story not only of the investigation into Vicks's illegal operation and how it led to Vicks's arrest, conviction, and jail-time but also about the dogs themselves.  Pit bull dogs have a terrible reputation, mostly undeserved, and Gorant shares both the grisly details of the Bad Newz Kennels and the uplifting rescue stories of some of the dogs, one of whom is now a certified therapy dog.

Gorant won a Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States for his Sports Illustrated article, The Good News Out of the Bad Newz Kennels.

If dogs who were treated so horribly can be rescued and redeemed, think about all the other dogs in this country who are abandoned and neglected, wishing for kind, caring humans to save them.

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