Vicktory Dog Dies
Utah - Last week, Best Friends announced that one of Vick's dogs, Bonita, died during a routine anesthesia procedure. The dog apparently had worn or filed down teeth and had required dental work. Best Friends chalks the bad teeth up to Bonita likely being a "bait dog," when the condition might just be the result of longtime chain chewing on Vick's property. The press release is masterful copy for soliciting donations. Expect to see Bonita merchandising available at the Best Friends website soon.
"The last year of her life was by far the happiest. Bonita, one of the Vicktory dogs, just passed away from anesthesia complications during a dental surgery. She may have only lived at Best Friends for a little over a year, but she packed a whole lot of living into such a short time. She is already missed by many.
Bonita was withdrawn and shy when she first came to Best Friends. No surprise, considering the life she'd lived before. Not only was she a fighting dog, but her teeth had been filed down. Coupled with the scars on her body, it's a fair bet she was a bait dog, or a training dog for other fighters. The worst possible life imaginable.
Those first few days at Best Friends, Bonita kept to herself most of the time. Caregiver Carissa Hendrick remembers Bonita wouldn't even leave her dog house. Yet that didn't last for long. Soon Bonita sensed that something was different in this new place she'd come to live. She came out of her dog house and started sniffing around, hopeful..."
01/22/09: Best Friends Steps into the Ed Faron Dogfighting Bust to "Save" Unstable Dogs
11/10/08: Best Friends Announces the Vicktory Dog Wine Collection
11/10/08: Comment: Fighting Dogs Being Adopted Out as "Bait Dogs"
11/03/08: Flashback: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Refuses Care of Pit Bulls
10/14/08: Comment: Bait Dog Myth Perpetuated by Pit Bull Advocates