The last of the Vicktory Dogs – Shadow, died last week just shy of his 16th birthday. For the family who adopted him nearly ten years ago, the loss of this special dog has left them heartbroken.
Shadow was the last; he succumbed to a mass in his lungs that was too close to his heart. His medical options were just to make him comfortable, and he died knowing he was loved.
In January, Meryl, the last of the 22 dogs rescued in 2007 living at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary passed away. Another Vicktory Dog named Cherry also died the previous week at the sanctuary where the dogs lived.
“On Thursday, we said goodbye to sweet, beautiful Meryl, the last Vicktory dog living at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. She suffered a sudden and dramatic decline that put her in distress and discomfort. Her caregivers, along with our veterinary staff, reluctantly made that difficult decision.”
Seventy dogs were rescued from Bad Newz Kennels; many of the dogs going on to become defenders of the pit bull breed. Vick and three other men faced federal charges for dog fighting and served 18 months for the crimes. They were never convicted for animal cruelty.
Shadow’s family felt honored to give him a home, to love and to protect him.
“For the first two years or so, Shadow pancaked himself against the back walls of his crate and refused to come out except to go outside. Even for that he had made himself an invisible safe path from his crate to the door. Nevertheless, Mom would lie with him at night, sticking her head into his crate right next to his, and sing “Blackbird” to him, until he did learn to fly and to see, tentatively at first and then he broke through his self-imposed isolation. After that life became grand for all of us,” his family wrote on their Facebook page sharing the dog’s life with only those who cared.
Sadly, time and illness have claimed all of these dogs, but their legacy lives on. Rest in peace Shadow. You will be missed.
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