Monday, September 20, 2010

Michael Vick's Dogs Are Real Story of Redemption

By Harry Smith, CBS News

Michael Vick, who spent more than a year and a half in prison for running a dog fighting operation, was back on the football field Sunday, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a win over the Detroit Lions. That's a pretty good story of redemption. But, there's an even better one about the dogs Vick abused. Fifty one pit bulls were taken from Vick's farm. Their owners often treat them like weapons on a leash. In the past, these pit bulls would have been euthanized. But, an effort was made to rehabilitate the animals. And the results have been extraordinary. Forty-seven are still alive and many have been adopted. Several of the pit bulls have even been trained as therapy dogs. Skeptic that I am, I had to see it to believe it. This morning, I met Hector. Numerous scars and some knocked out teeth are reminders of his violent past. But, Hector's eyes are filled with life. His tail wags -- proof probably there are no bad dogs -- only bad owners.

Just a minute. I'm Harry Smith, CBS News.

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