It seems that Michael Vick has struck again.
Lance was one of the 22 dogs who escaped Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring in 2007. Aptly named “Vicktory Dogs”, Lance had a long road ahead of him. The kind people at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary took Lance in.
As per the court order, Lance was not allowed to be adopted out until he got his Canine Good Citizen test. He was rescued in 2007, and he trained and waited, and trained and waited, until finally in 2014 he got the okay – he got to go home.
His family waited for him to pass his test and never gave up on him. He finally had made it home. Best Friend Animal Sanctuary were so happy when Lance finally made it home:
“I believe that if they go home, even if they are only there for a day, at least they’ve gone home.”
But on May 5th, at the age of 10, Lance passed away in his sleep. He had only been in his home a year and it was bitter sweet that he had to make such a quiet and sudden exit.
Lance will be remembered as a symbol of hope for dog fighting survivors everywhere, but to his family he will be remembered by his secret love: riding in golf carts. His owner George posted this on Lance’s Facebook Page:
“Please remember the love and happy times in his life and not the bad. Lance has loving caregivers, family, friends, and pack. He was loved by everyone that he met. He had such a kind and gentle soul.”
One can only wonder if his harsh beginnings at the cruel hands of Michael Vick contributed to his early death. What do you think?
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