Willie Boy, a Vicktory Dog, has died

One of the last Vicktory dogs has passed away

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On Friday, one of the last Vicktory dogs (dogs rescued from the infamous Michael Vick “Bad Newz” fighting operation), passed away. Best Friends alerted its followers to the death of Willie Boy on Tuesday.

In 2007, Willie Boy joined the Best Friends family after being rescued from his former life of forced fighting. Best Friends stated, “neither his traumatic past nor his frail health could ever wash away the best parts of his character, and the people who became his family at the Sanctuary will always remember him as a fun, happy and gentle soul.”

At the ripe old age of 13, Willie showed his Dogtown caregivers and members of the Best Friends veterinary team that it was time to be released from his failing body. The dog who had overcome so much was finally too weak to continue rallying.

Best Friends stated, “This time, however, he became so weak that his family knew it was time to say goodbye. Though Willie’s passing brought heartache to those who loved him, he left the world with ease and at peace, surrounded by their love.”

Willie, one of only four remaining Vicktory dogs at the Sanctuary, had too many issues to be adopted, but he was adored by his Best Friends family. Michelle Weaver, director of animal care at Best Friends, stated,

“Although he wasn’t able to be adopted, this was truly his home and he was a cherished member of the Best Friends family. Here he was safe, he was loved, and he lived a good life.”

Rest easy Willie Boy.

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16 replies
  1. Cynthia Como says:

    RIP WILLIE BOY❤️ Your torturer will pay for what he did to you sooner or later! I hope Monster Vick burns in hell for all eternity!

  2. Gizmos Mommy says:

    Willie died surrounded by love. It is a wonderful feeling to know this gentle baby was worth saving. Willie has earned his wings and now flies free of pain and suffering. Thank goodness for everyone at Best Friends for taking care of this special baby.

  3. Debor33 says:

    When Vick was busted and they had his dogs available for adoption…..my hairdresser went & stood in line to adopt one of his puppies….she was a black lab puppy and Kara named her Atlanta after her favorite baseball team, Atlanta …..after the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta also passed away last year at the end of summer…..when I heard he got another dog for his family, my blood boiled….he should never be allowed to own any type pet for the rest of his life.

  4. Kathleen Drude says:

    Willie you had a rough start to your life but then you were finally saved! You lived your life with quiet dignity and you loved and were loved and adored in return! Your body told us and you it was time to go! As you closed your eyes for the last time you took a piece of everyone’s heart that knew you! Well little man you are young and healthy once again, lots of new friends to run and play with! Plenty of food and cool clean water! Sleep now angel you have earned your wings! Good bye Willie until we meet again!

  5. ellen cottone says:

    You put up a good fight for a good life.
    And you beat the odds willie boy.
    We all know your a good boy.
    Rest in peace.

  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    Willie Boy – you were a beautiful boy whose life was cherished – finally. RIP and Vick will NEVER live down what he did –

  7. Red says:

    Thank you Best Friends for giving this sweet soul a home after his horrid abuse. The fact that the monster Vick is being honored by his school makes me ILL…… He deserves absolutely NOTHING good in this world, and hopefully burns in hell for his deeds.


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