This is Lucas. Lucas was one of Michael Vick’s fighting Pit bulls and was Vick’s champion fighter. Apparently somebody made a lot of money on this dog. When Lucas arrived at Best Friends about five years ago with 21 other pit bulls, he was hopped up on steroids and about fifty pounds heavier than he is now. He has babesia, a blood borne infection that is transmitted in fight dogs by the bites. It can be kept under control and even put into remission, but I don’t think there is a cure.
I was given the opportunity to meet Lucas today and I can’t even begin to tell you what a nice dog he is. I made a short video while I was with Lucas:
I hope no one forgets what happened to these dogs and continues to happen to other dogs like Lucas. Dog fighting is a cruel and inhumane practice. And I hope posts like this and videos such as this one will help bring an end to it.
September 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm
Thank you, firstly for going to Best Friends again, and working so hard at an amazing organization! Also thank you for bringing awareness to Michael Vick’s “victims”! I have a nephew who thinks that Michael Vick walks on water because of his football career, and I don’t think he has ever really done the research into the man. I think this may show him a different side…
September 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm
That’s right, live for today and tomorrow. We can’t undo what has been done, we can only look ahead to make things better! God Bless all who are making a difference for Lucas and all lovely creatures like him.
September 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm
Such a good thing to see him being what he’s supposed to be: just a dog. I have always said “if you want to know if someone is truly a good person look at how they treat something weaker than them. Its really easy to treat an equal with respect. But to treat someone/something weaker with respect takes integrity.”
September 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Great story. Please remember to continue to boycott *anything from Michael Vick. He has publicly demonstrated that he has ZERO REMORSE about any of this.
September 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm
They need to stop banning pit bulls and start banning pit bull breeders. The fighting is already banned, but that’s not enough. Thanks for bringing this issue up.
September 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm
Thanks for this important blog and video. 🙂
October 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm
amazing organization….so glad there are people like you!