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The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant
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Jul 24, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

Very depressing, for obvious reasons, but also quite interesting. I am sometimes shocked to see how often animal welfare groups actually recommend destroying animals. It's practical, but doesn't really fit with the image they usually try to portray. This book describes a lot of what when on behind the scenes to save these dogs, and predicts that this approach (individual evaluation rather than mass euthanasia) might become the norm for animals seized in dogfighting operations. At least a dozen of these dogs didn't even need any rehab to enter society, and the vast majority eventually found homes. I find that pretty incredible, considering how they were treated. I do wonder, however, if the success of this operation had something to do with how awful Vick was at breeding aggressive dogs. It sounds like even his "champions" didn't do so well in the pit. Is it lucky for the dogs that their abusers weren't very skilled at what they were doing? Or does it make it more tragic because these animals were tortured so senselessly?

The most awful thing about pit bull abuse is that these dogs are bred to be pathetically tame around humans. These backyard breeders cultivate the highest levels of trust and loyalty, and they repay that devotion by throwing them into a tiny box to fight for their lives. And if they win, the best they can hope for is to die from their wounds or be overbred to the point of insanity. There are a lot of horrible details in this book that underline the relevance of animal abuse (because if someone can do that to an animal, what would they be willing to do to a person?), but they also illustrate how beautifully resilient a dog can be.
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