Last surviving dog from former NFL QB Michael Vick’s illegal dogfighting ring passes away
In July of 2007, former NFL quarterback Michael Vick and three other men were indicted on federal offenses relating to six-year criminal enterprise with an interstate dog fighting ring known as “Bad Newz Kennels.” It was a massive story both in and outside the world of sports. On Tuesday, the last surviving dog from that scandal passed away.
This is Frodo. He was the last of 48 survivors rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation in 2007. He passed away over the weekend at the age of 15, surrounded by so much love. He and the rest of his very brave friends helped change animal welfare forever. 15/10 for all pic.twitter.com/9EDrRs2x7N
— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) December 21, 2021
Frodo was the sole living dog of the 48 dogs that were rescued by investigators 14 years ago. Frodo was 15 years old when he passed.
Michael Vick reportedly financed the dog fighting operation. He also provided the land for the fights to take place on, land that he owned. He also in training the dogs to fight. Vick was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his role.
The scandal rocked the sports world. At the time, Michael Vick was becoming one of the biggest names in the sport. Vick was coming off the 2006 NFL season with the Atlanta Falcons where he set the league on fire. That season, Vick became the first quarterback to ever rush for 1,000 yards. His style of play set the mold for today’s mobile quarterback.
Michael Vick’s involvement in the dog fighting ring was such a big deal, it actually transcended sports. Thankfully, it led to the public consciousness being made more aware of the reality of dog fighting rings around the world. It also changed how dogs from these dogfighting situations were viewed. An Oakland-based organization named ‘BADRAP’ was among the first to advocate for giving these dogs a chance to be reformed as opposed to putting them down. Since his release from federal prison, Vick has been committed to change and helping rid animal cruelty from this world.