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Michael Vick

Pit Bull Euthanized

After Dogfighting Career

6/20/2013 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sad news in the dog world -- the top pit bull from Michael Vick's dogfighting ring has been euthanized.

The dog -- named Lucas -- was humanely euthanized Wednesday at the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah because of accumulating health problems. He was around 13 years old.

Lucas -- who was Vick's grand champion -- was one of nearly 2 dozen dogs that were rehabilitated at BFAS after they were rescued from the ring in 2007. Unfortunately, Lucas was not allowed to be adopted because of his vicious fighting history -- and therefore had to remain a lifetime-care dog at the animal sanctuary.

We're told Lucas was  one of the friendliest dogs at the sanctuary -- and never stopped grinning.

Best Friends CEO Gregory Castle said, it was "a blessing in every way to be around him and to witness the wonderful effects on everyone he met."

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Sad that Vick is allowed to own another dog. What an a**hole!!!

492 days ago


WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY... is this a news story on TMZ?
Or Maybe ... TMZ just got this obscure dog confused with the rapper PitBull.

492 days ago


Mike Vicks jumpoff prepares to release tell-all book about their 10 year affair. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/667442610/quarterback-keeper

492 days ago

paul a.    

At least he didnt get hung up by his hind legs and get his balls electrocuted. RIP

Michael Vick deserves to spend some time with Paula Deen

492 days ago


No such thing as a bad pet, just bad owners. Glad he got a chance to live out his last years in the hands of people that actually cared about him

492 days ago


Sad he had to be put down cause of health issues. Happy that this poor abused animal got a chance to live his last years in peace and with people who actually cared about him. The do***entary about this Dog Sanctuary and the work they did with Vicks Pit Bulls is really worth watching. If it were for me Vick would be given a life sentence and be forced to fight others to survive. Maybe rip out all of his teeth too, like he did with Georgia one of his Pit Bulls.

492 days ago

Sharon P.    

To the person who said Who cares about a bunch of dogs? well you're an insensitive pig. How dare you?!?!? It's not the breed it's the stupid people who raise them. I have an Akita and they are labeled as "dangerous" but my dog has better manners than some humans I know. There sure are alot of ignorant people out there.

492 days ago


All dogs go to heaven...I was terrified of pitbulls because of their so-called rep, but my friend has one and he wouldn't harm anyone and he's never shown signs of aggression. Sucks that the dogs get a bad rep because they have bad and irresponsible owners

492 days ago

Debbie Bell    

Can someone please explain to me how anyone can encourage the continued breeding of THE best dog for killing other dogs?

492 days ago


RIP Lucas!

492 days ago


I'm glad he had some peaceful years

492 days ago


Need to euthanize Michael Vick!

492 days ago


To everyone who thinks pitbulls are so horrible:

These sick human beings train these dogs to fight. It was not the dogs' choice. Sure, they have the strength to do it (like many other breeds), but they don't decide to get in a ring to fight to the death. Certain irresponsible people have decided that they're "valuable", which is why they're usually treated horribly and not properly trained, leading to the stories we see so often in the news. Remember when German Shepards were deemed dangerous? Dobermans? Rottweilers? It's the owner, not the breed.

By the way, I am against people breeding pitbulls. There's thousands of animals dying in shelters every day, so NO dog needs to be bred. I say adopt an innocent pitbull waiting for a good home in a shelter. Only 1 in 600 pitbulls find good homes. In other words, why should PEOPLE keep breeding???

492 days ago


Imagine a man was jailed for killing a dog(s) *not saying it was right* whilst Zimmerman and countless others are free after taking the life of another human being....America!!!

492 days ago


that man should be shot for what he did to those poor animals. it makes me sick to think he is still famous after what he did. S***!

492 days ago
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