Authorities rescued 51 Pit Bulls from an Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s Virginia compound in 2007. These dogs were subjected to inhumane treatment. They were beaten, electrocuted, hanged, drowned, and made to fight.
Unfortunately, three of the dogs died, but 48 brave Pitties did. Several rescue organizations and their forever families showed love and patience to these terrified, formerly abused dogs.
Frodo, one of the survivors, lived to be fifteen years old. On December 18th, 2021, he passed away. After a year of hell at Vick’s compound, he’s been “pampered like a prince” for the past 14 years.
“Sweet” Frodo, rest in peace.
The dog’s death was announced on Facebook by BAD RAP, an Oakland-based nonprofit animal welfare organization. This organization was extremely helpful in advocating for and rehabilitating the dogs.
The following is a quote from a BAD RAP post about Frodo’s death: “Sweet Frodo – How much we adored him. He was one of the most courageous survivors we’ve ever encountered.”
Frodo had a happy life with his loving family, and he also died in a love-filled environment. The dog’s final moments were described by BAD RAP as follows:
“Under the tears of his mother, Kim Ramirez, and her daughter Dominique, Frodo gobbled up that big bag of steak.” Dr. Williams, thank you for attending to his medical needs until the very end. He put his faith in you, and you made this moment so special.”
Frodo served as a spokesperson for the movement to end the negative stereotype of Pit Bulls throughout his life. He also demonstrated the importance of patience and kindness in the life of a dog.
BAD RAP, who have a lot of experience working with dogs rescued from fights, had faith in these dogs right away. BAD RAP previously stated that dogs with difficult pasts deserve a second chance:
“Frodo demonstrated that young dogs rescued from cruelty cases require early socialization in order to grow up strong and brave. In his case, he was about 3-6 months old when he was apprehended by authorities, and he spent six long and torturous months in solitary confinement before being rescued.”
When Frodo was rescued from his terrible situation, he was especially shy and afraid. Frodo’s adopter, Kim Ramirez, explained in a 2009 interview with The Mercury News:
“Anything mechanical, the sound bothers him. We have ceiling fans at our house and he would become fixated on them, looking up at them with apprehension. If I opened a cabinet, he would shy away. Or popcorn in the microwave. I don’t know, maybe the popcorn equates to gunshots for him. I don’t think he witnessed any of the fights. But I’m sure he heard them.”
Frodo was fortunate to have the Ramirez family, who treated him with such kindness and patience. When the sweet dog’s legs began to fail him, his family pushed him around in a stroller.
A true survivor has passed away.
The Heroes And The 48 Surviving “Vick” Dogs
After 12 years, 13 dogs freed from Vick’s ring were still alive in 2019. Jonny Justice died surrounded by his family just two days before Frodo died, and Uba crossed the rainbow bridge in Octo
These dogs were given the second chances they deserved, and despite their pasts, they all lived happy lives.
When animal rights activists band together, amazing things can happen. This is demonstrated by the 48 “Vick” dogs.
Despite admitting to killing dogs, Vick received only 19 months in federal prison for financing dogfighting. Despite this injustice, the high-profile case influenced public perceptions of Pit Bulls and how abused dogs can be rehabilitated around the world.