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Vick dog appears on today’s “Ellen” show

A trainer from Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah will appear on today’s Ellen Degeneres Show with one of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s dofighting operation.

John Garcia, from Fredonia, Ariz., will appear with Georgia, one of 22 pit bulls sent to the sanctuary after being rescued from Vick’s dog fighting operation in Virginia, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison for his part in a dogfighting conspiracy. He and three co-defendants raised and trained pit bulls for fighting. Poor-performing dogs were executed.  

John Polis, a Best Friends spokesman, said Saturday that Degeneres is a supporter of the sanctuary and has been talking about featuring them on the show for a while.  He said that Garcia and Georgia will be the main feature on the program that airs today.

“It’s always gratifying to see our work recognized by the general public,” Polis said. “We say Michael Vick is the best thing that ever happened to pit bulls by bringing recognition to how the breed has been maligned and shines a light on the widespread problem of dogs trained for combat, something Best Friends continues to fight against.”

Ellen and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, are personally donating to Best Friends Animal Society instead of getting holiday gifts for their loved ones, according to Radaronline. Ellen is encouraging others to do the same.

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Comment from Kaseyisagooddog
Time December 15, 2008 at 1:42 pm

I’m not really sure Ellen is the one I’d want to spread this message. She seems to have had quite a few dogs who have “disappeared” or been “passed on.”

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time December 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Gee, that’s really interesting. I had no idea.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time December 15, 2008 at 3:36 pm

More on Georgia including a brief video

What a beautiful girl.

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