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Jim Gorant

The Lost Dogs : Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

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<b>The bestselling story of survival and our powerful bond with man's best friend, in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious animal cruelty case. Featuring a new Afterword with updates on the Vick dogs. </b> <p>Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog-fighting operation. But what became of the fifty-one dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant reveals, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. <i>The Lost Dogs</i> traces the effort to bring Vick to justice and turns the spotlight on these infamous pit bulls, which were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly a million dollars in &quot;restitution&quot; to the dogs.</p> <p>As an ASPCA-led team evaluated each one, they found a few hardened fighters, but most were lovable, friendly creatures desperate for compassion. In <i>The Lost Dogs</i>, we meet these amazing animals, many of whom now live in loving homes and work in therapy programs. <i>The Lost Dogs</i> exposes the terrible practice of dog fighting and shows us that even after being subjected to heartbreaking abuse, above all, a dog still wants to be man's best friend.</p>

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The bestselling story of survival and our powerful bond with man's best friend, in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious animal cruelty case. Featuring a new Afterword with updates on the Vick dogs.

Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog-fighting operation. But what became of the fifty-one dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant reveals, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. The Lost Dogs traces the effort to bring Vick to justice and turns the spotlight on these infamous pit bulls, which were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly a million dollars in "restitution" to the dogs.

As an ASPCA-led team evaluated each one, they found a few hardened fighters, but most were lovable, friendly creatures desperate for compassion. In The Lost Dogs, we meet these amazing animals, many of whom now live in loving homes and work in therapy programs. The Lost Dogs exposes the terrible practice of dog fighting and shows us that even after being subjected to heartbreaking abuse, above all, a dog still wants to be man's best friend.

The bestselling story of survival and our powerful bond with man's best friend, in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious animal cruelty case. Featuring a new Afterword with updates on the Vick dogs.

Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog-fighting operation. But what became of the fifty-one dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant reveals, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. The Lost Dogs traces the effort to bring Vick to justice and turns the spotlight on these infamous pit bulls, which were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly a million dollars in "restitution" to the dogs.

As an ASPCA-led team evaluated each one, they found a few hardened fighters, but most were lovable, friendly creatures desperate for compassion. In The Lost Dogs, we meet these amazing animals, many of whom now live in loving homes and work in therapy programs. The Lost Dogs exposes the terrible practice of dog fighting and shows us that even after being subjected to heartbreaking abuse, above all, a dog still wants to be man's best friend.

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Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Jim Gorant
Title
The Lost Dogs
ISBN-13
9781592406678
Publication Date
September, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.99 x 5.26 x 0.80 Inches
ISBN-10
159240667X

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The TRUE story of the Michael Vick dogs
If you want to read the truth, and not fiction about the dogs Michael Vick fought and murdered, this is the book for you. Reading the facts is a bit hard for animal lovers but it gives you a clear picture of the sociopath Michael Vick is. The most notable part of this book is the story about the little red dog. It will bring tears to your eyes to read about what these precious dogs went through. If you are considering reading Michael Vick's fiction book "Finally Free" you should consider reading this as well. He might have forgotten what he did but the dogs and animal lovers sure won't.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
The Lost Dogs is the i...
The Lost Dogs is the inspiring story of the dogs confiscated from Michael Vick when he was convicted of participating in dog fighting. Several active rescue organizations were able to convince a judge to let them try to rehab the dogs and to make Vick pay for it. They expected low success, but hoped to be able to turn a few of the fighting dogs into pets. This book is the story of their amazing success told by following a handful of the dogs through the recovery process. I thought this book was based on a fascinating and heartwarming story. Both the rescuers and the dogs in Lost Dogs sound like beings worth getting to know. Unfortunately the book was so poorly written that it was tough to get to the heart of the matter. The story jumps around from dog to dog and back again as well as forward and backwards in time until I couldn't keep anything straight. Gorant is a completely biased observer, he clearly has an agenda and spins every detail to fit that. Sadly, I would have found him much more convincing if he had remained more impartial. He skims over the negative details and dwells on every sweet and sappy moment possible. Again, the story itself is a great one, I just wish it had been told better. I listened to this book on audio. Can a bad book be redeemed by a good narrator? I don't think so, so the narrator never had a chance for me.
Most helpful positive review
2 customers found this helpful
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
The TRUE story of the Michael Vick dogs
If you want to read the truth, and not fiction about the dogs Michael Vick fought and murdered, this is the book for you. Reading the facts is a bit hard for animal lovers but it gives you a clear picture of the sociopath Michael Vick is. The most notable part of this book is the story about the little red dog. It will bring tears to your eyes to read about what these precious dogs went through. If you are considering reading Michael Vick's fiction book "Finally Free" you should consider reading this as well. He might have forgotten what he did but the dogs and animal lovers sure won't.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
The Lost Dogs is the i...
The Lost Dogs is the inspiring story of the dogs confiscated from Michael Vick when he was convicted of participating in dog fighting. Several active rescue organizations were able to convince a judge to let them try to rehab the dogs and to make Vick pay for it. They expected low success, but hoped to be able to turn a few of the fighting dogs into pets. This book is the story of their amazing success told by following a handful of the dogs through the recovery process. I thought this book was based on a fascinating and heartwarming story. Both the rescuers and the dogs in Lost Dogs sound like beings worth getting to know. Unfortunately the book was so poorly written that it was tough to get to the heart of the matter. The story jumps around from dog to dog and back again as well as forward and backwards in time until I couldn't keep anything straight. Gorant is a completely biased observer, he clearly has an agenda and spins every detail to fit that. Sadly, I would have found him much more convincing if he had remained more impartial. He skims over the negative details and dwells on every sweet and sappy moment possible. Again, the story itself is a great one, I just wish it had been told better. I listened to this book on audio. Can a bad book be redeemed by a good narrator? I don't think so, so the narrator never had a chance for me.
If you want to read the truth, and not fiction about the dogs Michael Vick fought and murdered, this is the book for you. Reading the facts is a bit hard for animal lovers but it gives you a clear picture of the sociopath Michael Vick is. The most notable part of this book is the story about the little red dog. It will bring tears to your eyes to read about what these precious dogs went through. If you are considering reading Michael Vick's fiction book "Finally Free" you should consider reading this as well. He might have forgotten what he did but the dogs and animal lovers sure won't.
The Lost Dogs is the inspiring story of the dogs confiscated from Michael Vick when he was convicted of participating in dog fighting. Several active rescue organizations were able to convince a judge to let them try to rehab the dogs and to make Vick pay for it. They expected low success, but hoped to be able to turn a few of the fighting dogs into pets. This book is the story of their amazing success told by following a handful of the dogs through the recovery process. I thought this book was based on a fascinating and heartwarming story. Both the rescuers and the dogs in Lost Dogs sound like beings worth getting to know. Unfortunately the book was so poorly written that it was tough to get to the heart of the matter. The story jumps around from dog to dog and back again as well as forward and backwards in time until I couldn't keep anything straight. Gorant is a completely biased observer, he clearly has an agenda and spins every detail to fit that. Sadly, I would have found him much more convincing if he had remained more impartial. He skims over the negative details and dwells on every sweet and sappy moment possible. Again, the story itself is a great one, I just wish it had been told better. I listened to this book on audio. Can a bad book be redeemed by a good narrator? I don't think so, so the narrator never had a chance for me.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

The TRUE story of the Michael Vick dogs

If you want to read the truth, and not fiction about the dogs Michael Vick fought and murdered, this is the book for you. Reading the facts is a bit hard for animal lovers but it gives you a clear picture of the sociopath Michael Vick is. The most notable part of this book is the story about the little red dog. It will bring tears to your eyes to read about what these precious dogs went through. If you are considering reading Michael Vick's fiction book "Finally Free" you should consider reading this as well. He might have forgotten what he did but the dogs and animal lovers sure won't.

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When authorities first...

When authorities first raided Michael Vick's home in rural Virginia, the NFL player claimed that he had simply allowed the wrong people to take advantage of him, and that had no knowledge of the dog fighting on the premises. Despite the mounting evidence, - buried dog carcasses, testimony by the gardener who witnessed the horrific treatment of dogs, blood splatters all over the room used as the fighting pit, and so on - Vick continued to proclaim his innocence. Only when his business partners spilled all the facts in the hopes of getting reduced sentences did Vick realize that he was backed into a corner. The bust of the dog fighting operation on Vick's property was the result of cooperation between state and federal authorities; it was the result of hard work by people who refused to give up and pushed on in spite of the obstacles. Because of Vick's notoriety, the case also received intense media coverage and brought much needed attention to the plight of dogs involved in such operations. Because of Vick's wealth, the fine he was forced to pay gave his dogs another chance at life, whereas most fighting dogs are usually euthanized. I was hesitant to read the The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant. I love animals, and reading about the cruelty they have to endure at the hands of people like Vick is sometimes too much to bear. However, The Lost Dogs was so well written and so sensitive to the subject matter that I can honestly say it was one of my favorite books this year. Yes, The Lost Dogs is about dog fighting and all that that entails, but graphic descriptions are sparse and are by no means the focal point of the book. One third of the book is spent discussing the events leading up to the bust, the investigation and the ensuing ramifications for Vick and his friends. The rest of The Lost Dogs is dedicated to the dogs that were rescued and their journey back from the hell that they experienced. Ultimately, the book is one of hope and a tribute to the people who dedicated their hearts and their time to helping these dogs survive.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

When authorities first...

When authorities first raided Michael Vick's home in rural Virginia, the NFL player claimed that he had simply allowed the wrong people to take advantage of him, and that had no knowledge of the dog fighting on the premises. Despite the mounting evidence, - buried dog carcasses, testimony by the gardener who witnessed the horrific treatment of dogs, blood splatters all over the room used as the fighting pit, and so on - Vick continued to proclaim his innocence. Only when his business partners spilled all the facts in the hopes of getting reduced sentences did Vick realize that he was backed into a corner. The bust of the dog fighting operation on Vick's property was the result of cooperation between state and federal authorities; it was the result of hard work by people who refused to give up and pushed on in spite of the obstacles. Because of Vick's notoriety, the case also received intense media coverage and brought much needed attention to the plight of dogs involved in such operations. Because of Vick's wealth, the fine he was forced to pay gave his dogs another chance at life, whereas most fighting dogs are usually euthanized. I was hesitant to read the The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant. I love animals, and reading about the cruelty they have to endure at the hands of people like Vick is sometimes too much to bear. However, The Lost Dogs was so well written and so sensitive to the subject matter that I can honestly say it was one of my favorite books this year. Yes, The Lost Dogs is about dog fighting and all that that entails, but graphic descriptions are sparse and are by no means the focal point of the book. One third of the book is spent discussing the events leading up to the bust, the investigation and the ensuing ramifications for Vick and his friends. The rest of The Lost Dogs is dedicated to the dogs that were rescued and their journey back from the hell that they experienced. Ultimately, the book is one of hope and a tribute to the people who dedicated their hearts and their time to helping these dogs survive.

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The Lost Dogs is a ver...

The Lost Dogs is a very good book despite the disturbing subject matter. Half true crime, and half uplifting story of redemption, this is a story that will tug at the heart strings. In 2007, law enforcement raided the property of NFL star Michael Vick and discovered evidence of dog fighting. The prosecutor wasn't particularly eager to go after a local hero, and the investigators had to jump through a lot of hoops to get him charged at all. The book details not only the raid and the case, but the extreme cruelty, including Vick and a friend beating a dog to death. Most dogs from fighting busts are euthanized, but this bunch had a lot of supporters in their corner, which led to their rescue. Many of the dogs have gone on to become therapy dogs and family pets. This case has hopefully opened a door where the dogs from fighting busts will be seen as the victims that they are rather than tools of violence. I recommend The Lost Dogs to animal lovers and those who enjoy true crime.

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Part true crime and pa...

Part true crime and part inspiration story, I was moved by the efforts of so many people featured in the story. The story highlighted the notorious bust of the Vick estate and the subsequent efforts to rehabilitate the dogs. The dogs themselves are inspirations and each of the dogs has a story of their own. It was truly amazing how resilient the dogs were. I had to keep the tissues close, but it is a book I will not soon forget.

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