The Lost Dogs

The Lost Dogs

Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

Average Rating:
Rate this:
An inspiring story of survival and our powerful bond with man's best friend, in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious case of animal cruelty.

Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog fighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. Expanding on Gorant's Sports Illustrated cover story, The Lost Dogs traces the effort to bring Vick to justice and turns the spotlight on these infamous pit bulls, which were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly a million dollars in "restitution" to the dogs.

As an ASPCA-led team evaluated each one, they found a few hardened fighters, but many more lovable, friendly creatures desperate for compassion. In The Lost Dogs , we meet these amazing animals, a number of which are now living in loving homes, while some even work in therapy programs: Johnny Justice participates in Paws for Tales, which lets kids get comfortable with reading aloud by reading to dogs; Leo spends three hours a week with cancer patients and troubled teens. At the heart of the stories are the rescue workers who transformed the pups from victims of animal cruelty into healing caregivers themselves, unleashing priceless hope.

Includes an 8-page photo insert.

Watch a video
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781101543801
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file
Additional Contributors: HCPLC OverDrive - Distributor

Related Resources


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Nov 13, 2017

This book provided such an interesting look at the Michael Vick case from all angles. The story had me hooked. I love that the author included descriptions of how the rescued dogs are living now as well as the people who were involved in the case. Great read.

Feb 09, 2017

This incredible book had me hooked from the first page. As others have said, the first 1/3 is graphic and very difficult to get through - but important. It's easy to bury our heads in the sand and pretend that this kind of human cruelty doesn't exist...but it does, and these dogs were the victims. The rest of the book is a powerful story of redemption and healing, and shows how incredibly resilient dogs can be. This is a must read for every animal lover, and if you have a negative view of pit bulls - this is guaranteed to open your mind and your heart to these amazing animals.

Apr 08, 2014

Good book. However, had to flip past graphic details of dog fighting.

sablegirl Oct 16, 2012

When I first started reading this book, I was a bit hesitant to continue as the beginning was about the fighting and what happens to the dogs. Luckily, this was just a small part of the book and put there so the reader could understand what these dogs went through. After the first few chapters, we start to understand how these wonderful dogs were taken care of and nutured by rescue groups. Loving, patient and understanding foster homes took these dogs in and trained them. There are so many good places these dogs can go to so they can be put back into homes. It was a truly inspiring and educational story. I now have a different view of pit bulls. I highly recommend this book. (I also hate Michael Vick MORE now than I did before and still think he shouldn't be allowed to play football.)

Mar 31, 2011

Do remember where you were when the news of football star,Michael Vick, being busted for running a dog fighting ring came out?
Expanding on his December 29,2008 Sports Illustrated article Gorant offers a ,chilling investigation into Vick's dog-fighting operation and the men and women who brought him to justice and rescued his 51 dogs.All but a few of Vick's dogs have been rehabilitated-their family pets and even therapy dogs whose stories Gorant tells.Riveting, heartbreak, and finally hopeful,Gorant's exemplary reporting is essential reading for anyone who cares about animal welfare or what it means to be responsibly human.

Oct 26, 2010

Well done book! I thought I'd followed this case quite closely, but there was lots I missed. A truly inspiring look at the law enforcement work behind the bust, the very dedicated rescue workers who gave their all to the dogs, and the tenacious survivors themselves, who taught so many humans what forgiveness looks like. Gorant deserves high praise for this work, it is incredibly well written.


Add Age Suitability
violet_rabbit_435 Mar 07, 2013

violet_rabbit_435 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at HCPLC

To Top