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Sun Jul 7, 2019, 12:48 AM

One of the last dogs rescued from Michael Vick's dogfighting ring dies

Source: Today Show

One of the last dogs rescued from Michael Vick's dogfighting ring dies

The "Vicktory dogs" inspired hope and love through their rehabilitation — and gave people a reason to believe in second chances.

July 5, 2019, 6:23 PM EDT / Source: TODAY
By Jen Reeder

To the untrained eye, an elderly American Staffordshire terrier named Layla seemed like a typical senior dog. The sweet girl loved her family, treats, walks and a good nap. She favored a toy raccoon that she gently treated like her baby.

But the 15 1/2-year-old dog was also a survivor rescued from former NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s infamous dogfighting ring at Bad Newz Kennels. Layla became one of 22 “Vicktory dogs” rehabilitated at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. After five years of loving care, she passed her Canine Good Citizen test and was ready for adoption.

Tess Rushton happened to be interning at Best Friends at the time and decided to adopt Layla.

“She turned out to be absolutely lovely,” Rushton told TODAY.

The “clumsy goof” adapted well to being spoiled by her new mom, who cooked organic food to mix into high-quality kibble, and made toys with hidden treats to help stimulate the clever dog’s mind.

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Read more: https://www.today.com/pets/vicktory-dog-rescued-michael-vick-s-dogfighting-ring-dies-t157798


Even after death, the legacy of Vicktory Dogs like Layla lives on.Courtesy of Tess Rushton


Vicktory Dog Layla snuggled with her favorite toy toward the end of her life.Courtesy of Tess Rushton

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Eugene Jul 2019 OP
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 12:53 AM

1. Rest in well earned peace, Layla. So glad an angel guardian showed you love and took such

good care of you that you lived a nice lifespan. Thanks for posting, Eugene.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 01:51 AM

2. The rescuers who rehabilitated these dogs deserve our utmost admiration for what they did

I cannot ever forgive Michael Vick, on the other hand, for his actions.

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Response to MichMan (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 03:50 AM

5. Ditto Ditto

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Response to MichMan (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 11:35 AM

6. He is scum

I can't even hear his name without revulsion.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 02:15 AM

3. RIP Layla

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 03:44 AM

4. Layla was lucky. Shelters are brimming with pit bulls nobody wants.

Shelters don't have 5 years and money to invest in rehabilitating abused pit bulls, so most are pretty unadoptable.

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