He Survived Michael Vick’s Brutal Dogfighting Ring. Now, He’s Getting His Best Day Ever!Ashley Maisano
Almost nine years ago, NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s home was raided by police with a search warrant for drugs. But what they discovered was way worse: 51 Pit bulls and evidence of a large-scale dogfighting ring, nicknamed “Bad Newz Kennels,” in a wooded barn behind his home.
Since they were used for fighting, many people believe that these dogs were aggressive and should be euthanized. Two of them passed away in care after the raid, while another was put down after being deemed “too emotionally and physically damaged” to save. But the 48 dogs that were left were not only survivors, but were given a second chance.
A documentary was made about these amazing dogs and titled, “The Champions.” It tells the story of these dogs and what they had to go through, what their rescuers did to save them, and what their lives are like now. But the film is about much more than just that, it’s a story of about “prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals.”
Cherry Garcia is one of those dogs. He was rehabilitated by Best Friends Animal Society, and now travels the country with his adopted humans, Melissa and Paul Fiaccone, as a spokesperson for Best Friends. You can follow along on his journey by following his Facebook page!
Because of Cherry’s bravery and resilience, PetSafe and BarkBox teamed up to give him his “Best Day Ever!” First, Friends of Berlin Animal Control brought adorable little adoptable kittens to have a playdate with Cherry, who is in love with cats. He also got a beachy backyard paradise, along with a ton of treats and toys. Watch more of his best day ever in the video below: