The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant
Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

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An inspiring story of survival and our powerful bond with man's best friend, in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious case of animal cruelty.

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 dozens of dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. Expanding on Gorant's Sports Illustrated cover story, 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 many more lovable, friendly creatures desperate for compassion. In The Lost Dogs, we meet these amazing animals, a number of which are now living in loving homes, while some even work in therapy programs: Johnny Justice participates in Paws for Tales, which lets kids get comfortable with reading aloud by reading to dogs; Leo spends three hours a week with cancer patients and troubled teens. At the heart of the stories are the rescue workers who transformed the pups from victims of animal cruelty into healing caregivers themselves, unleashing priceless hope.

Includes an 8-page photo insert.

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JIM GORANT is a senior editor at Sports Illustrated and a former writer for GQ, Men's Health, and many other magazines. A twenty-year magazine veteran, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey
Published September 6, 2011 by Gotham. 304 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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The author makes a strong case that pit bulls have an underservedly bad reputation—“the latest breed to get sucked into a self-fulfilling cycle of fear, hype, substandard care, and rising population”—following in the footsteps of bloodhounds, German shepherds and Dobermans “as next in the line of...

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Expanding on his Sports Illustrated cover story, Gorant (Fanatic) offers a chilling investigation into Michael Vick’s dog-fighting operation and the men and women who brought him to justice and rehabilitated the rescued dogs.

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Jim Gorant’s book ‘The Lost Dogs - Michael Vick’s Dogs and their tale of Rescue and Redemption’ is a well written narrative.

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Although the book does detail the accounts of when and how Michael Vick and his dog fighting ring were caught, the majority of the book focuses on the rescued dogs and on the people who helped in this truly life-saving effort.

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The rescue group, Dogs Deserve Better, has purchased the former Vick property in Smithfield, Virginia and turned it into the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs.

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Whether vilified as vicious baby-killers or embraced by moneymaking dogfighters – like football phenom Michael Vick, before his 2007 conviction – the breed is in trouble.

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Three years later, Sports Illustrated’s Jim Gorant brings us the complete, behind-the-scenes story of the investigation and the heroic efforts on the part of federal investigators and pit bull rescue groups to rehabilitate the dogs in his new book, “The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Ta...

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