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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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ChristyRN    

All dogs go to heaven, and may all bad owners go to h***!!! Love my Pitbull one big BABY!! He is actually laying on the floor with my 6 year old watching cartoons. Just can't imagine anyone allowing their dog to fight. HATE THE DEED; NOT THE BREED!!!

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32.

jeannie    

Poor dog. Look at all those scars and he still learned to love humans

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33.

Duckyjd    

Career? Seriously? People choose careers. No dog chooses to be repeatedly forced to fight for his life by criminal owners and chained to a buried axle in the ground on a desolate stretch of land in rural Virginia where he can hear the sounds of others dogs being killed from beatings, electrocution, drownings, hangings and gunshots. It's not a career, it's being victimized.

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Debbie Bell    

Read any book printed from before the pit propaganda began in the 1980s.. Stratton's, Colby's, Armitage's, Semencic's books. They knew and loved pits for what pits did best: attacking, fighting killing other dogs.

Forget the "new and improved" pit history. Pits do not need to be trained to attack. Practice can make them "better" but just as a beagle doesn't need to be trained to sniff and bark, "good" pits are the best at killing other dogs because of their instinct mutations created by sadistic men.

That's why you see pit bulls at dog fight raids, not Dobermans, not Keeshonden.

Even when Dobes, GSDs were the power dogs, they never maimed/killed other dogs/pets/people in the numbers or as "well" as pits do now. That's because, unlike pits, these other breeds were not created to kill their own kind.

Since a social/pack animal like a dog (which normally needs to be very angry to kill) has been changed to become a "kill or die trying" pit bull, no other species is safe when instinct takes over and pits go "pit bull."

Even if pits only killed other dogs, and never scalped a child or de-armed a senior citizen, we can stop breeding THE dog designed to kill other dogs. It is never the dogs' faults, but it is the fault of the sadistic breeders, both past and present, that these dogs are so "good" at killing.

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35.

CN    

RIP, Lucas.

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36.

Draylore    

Vick should be tortured painfully.

Glad the doggie had a few good years.......so many are not as lucky.

457 days ago
37.

hellooo!!!    

RIP Lucas. Another angel in doggie heaven. ♥♥♥♥

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38.

Vince    

They should have euthanized vic as well.

457 days ago
39.

Dennie    

Bye, baby.

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40.

lk    

I hate Vic.

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41.

Kelly    

There are plenty of easily found statistics and facts about the true nature of Pit Bulls if someone is truly interested in learning about these dogs Maybe there is a way you can help. Of course for those of you who would rather not bother learning more and instead just go on believing all the hype you hear from the media carry on. I'm sure you're more interested in the latest celebrity gossip than you are in helping needy animals anyway. There is no help for that type of mindset anyway.

http://www.thelazypitbull.com/2012/02/pit-bull-facts-do-you-know-truth/

457 days ago
42.

Catrina     

Will you people STFU!! The man has paid his dues….move on with your lives already! You MOFOS act like you never made a mistake! Geez!

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43.

jenn keewatin/gagnon    

it's despicable to hear about dog fights...sooo sad for that poor animal and the disgrace it endured for the love of money...I truly believe people that abuse animals will get their own 100x worse...sucha sad story:( but relieved to read he won't ever have to be in a ring again...fighting for his life.

457 days ago
44.

Woot    

There's only one beast who deserved to be euthanized years ago and he still walks on two legs....

457 days ago
45.

jenn keewatin/gagnon    

it's despicable to hear about dog fights...sooo sad for that poor animal and the disgrace it endured for the love of money...I truly believe people that abuse animals will get their own 100x worse...sucha sad story:( but relieved to read he won't ever have to be in a ring again...fighting for his life.

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