One of the rescued pit bulls, otherwise known as the Vicktory dogs, saved from the dog fighting ring bankrolled by Michael Vick in 2007 was euthanized after coming down with an unknown illness.
11-year-old Ellen was living at Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. Sadly, she began rapidly, and inexplicably, losing weight and muscle leaving her caregivers with humane euthanasia as the only choice after exhausting all other options.
Even though the opinion of many at the time was to destroy these dogs because they believed they would never have normal lives, the Vicktory dogs got a second chance at life proved them wrong and continuing to live as shining examples of what dedication and love can do.
“I’ve never had a dog who was so affectionate,” said caregiver Maddie Haydon. “She bonded with everyone she met.”
Even though she wasn’t allowed to interact with visitors directly until last month, per court order, Ellen still touched guests and others who met her.
According to Best Friends, many were hesitant to meet her after learning about her background, but soon changed their minds after an introduction.
“You could just see them change their perception,” said caregiver Tom Williams. “She went a long way toward helping not only the Vick dogs that are here, but pit bulls in general. She helped to dispel the myths about them.”