Virginia Shelter Has Vick Beagles Up for Adoption
Some of Vick's dogs up for adoption in Virginia Beach
By DAVE FORSTER, The Virginian-Pilot
November 13, 2007
A local shelter on Tuesday put up for adoption nine beagles that belonged to suspended NFL star Michael Vick. Getting one of the high-profile pups, however, will take a little guess work.
The Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wont tell prospective owners which of the 50 or so dogs it has up for adoption were taken in April from Vicks dogfighting compound in Surry County, said Sharon Adams , executive director of the Beach SPCA.
Folks that want a 'Vick dog are not who we are looking for, Adams said.
The Beach SPCA offered its assistance to Surry County in the spring shortly after authorities took about 65 dogs from Vicks rural property, Adams said. Surry County recently accepted the offer, and about 8:30 p.m. Friday, the Beach SPCA welcomed a large van full of 12 dogs, Adams said.
The shipment included nine beagles, two Rottweilers and a large Cane Corso.
Vick, a quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons who has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL, pleaded guilty in August to a federal conspiracy charge that accused him of running a large pit-bull-fighting venture. Three others also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy. Vick, a Newport News native, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10 in Richmond.
The remaining 48 pit bulls from Vicks Surry County property are in federal custody and awaiting placement with animal rescue groups. A court-appointed guardian was taking applications from groups until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Staff at the Beach SPCA evaluated their dogs over the weekend and found only one that caused concern with its demeanor, Adams said. Some of the dogs also suffered from heart worms, fleas, ear mites and mammary tumors but are already receiving treatment, she said. The two Rottweilers and the Cane Corso are being held for further observation , Adams said.
The Humane Society of the United States, which helped transfer the 12 dogs, said in a statement that none of them bears any wounds or scars that might suggest it was used for fighting or to train other dogs to fight.