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Sweet Jasmine, former Vick dog, killed by car

Sweet Jasmine, the former Michael Vick dog taken in by the Baltimore’s rescue group, Recycled Love, was hit by a car last month and killed.

The pit bull that made the cover of Sports Illustrated last year was living in the suburbs with Catalina Stirling, president of Recycled Love. Jasmine was one of three Vick dogs turned over to the Baltimore organization.

No details about the accident have been disclosed.

“Our hearts are heavy with sadness over the loss of our sweet Jasmine,” a blog for Recycled Love reported. “She was recently killed by an automobile in an unfortunate accident. Jasmine touched so many lives in so many ways. Her family is devastated by her passing, but they would like everyone to recognize and celebrate the unmistakable love Jasmine received and the priceless gifts she has given to everyone.”

“Please understand that Catalina, along with the rest of Jasmine’s family, are just beginning to process this loss,” the blog states. “Thank you for allowing time for all to heal.”

One of 51 pit bulls seized from the Michael Vick dog fighting ring bust in 2007, Sweet Jasmine was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated last December. The cover article detailed the ongoing rehabilitation of  the Vick pit bulls that were placed in foster care and adoptive homes.

The Recycled Love website provides few details of what happened, but it does contain a letter of condolence sent to Stirling.

“We will never forget Jasmine,” the letter reads. “She is now and forever the poster girl, who in one glossy photograph, challenged millions of people to question the treatment of animals, to reevaluate their own prejudices and to open their eyes to previously unknown, to them, horrors of dog fighting and rampant animal abuse. The world is a better place for Jasmine having been here.”


Comment from Marie
Time September 18, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I am so sorry to hear of this dogs passing. It is such a shame that the dog made it through that hell only to be killed by accident. Please ALWAYS keep your dog on a leash when not in a safe enclosed space. It only takes a second for tragedy to strike.

Comment from dogsense
Time September 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm

That is very sad.However…if this person was approved to adopt this dog, why was it running loose/not on a leash?They really should have known better.

Comment from Sandwoman
Time September 18, 2009 at 7:32 pm

What are the details? I can’t find out who had Jasmine and what the circumstances were that she was out in harm’s way? Very sad and very disturbing.

Comment from Janet
Time September 19, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Accidents are called that for a reason. We can’t control everything in life, no matter how careful. To the people leaving comments – rather than speculate and criticize, realize that Jasmine had a lot of love in her life for the first time, and that her adoptive family is grieving. I hope such accidental tragedy never strikes any of your lives.

Comment from Lorraine
Time September 20, 2009 at 11:00 am

Please do not judge without facts. Even dogs with the best of owners – not perfect but as watchful as a human can humanly be – get struck by cars or have other accidents. Dogs can fly between our legs as we open a door, we can forget to latch a gate properly, dogs can dig under a fence in 10 minutes, they can be car obsessed, they can decide to go through a window or screen, a leash or collar can suddenly break, etc. No one lives in a dog’s head and knows all. Even great dog owners cannot prevent all accidents. I offer my sympathies to Jasmine’s grieving family and friends for their great loss. She was a beautiful and obviously very sweet girl.

Comment from jen
Time September 21, 2009 at 11:19 am

I did have something I wanted to add and direct it to the people who made the comments about having Jasmine on a leash and maybe you could somehow pass it on.

Those comments were awful. It doesn’t matter who the owner of Jasmine is. The point is that the family loved her very much, and *that puppy knew it*. Those comments about leashes were inappropriate and hurtful. None of us knows the whole story.

I grew up on a farm in Monkton. We didn’t have a lot of property, but we backed up to hundreds and hundreds of acres. Depending on where we were going, it was sometimes easier and faster to ride our horses than to drive. One of the people who lived on the farm property had a Keeshond. He was the sweetest dog ever and very well trained. He had the farm to himself and was very respectful of the other animals that lived there.
Barge was always hot. Even in a blizzard, he would pant. His favorite spot to lie down and keep cool was underneath his owner’s Volvo in the dirt driveway. One day, the owner accidently backed up over Barge. Miraculously, Barge was just fine. The owner was a mess. After that, he always called Barge’s name to make sure Barge was out from under the car. For years, the owner called, and for years Barge got out from under the car. One day, the owner forgot. It completely slipped his mind, and he backed over Barge and killed him. Of course, it was not an immediate death. It was crueler than that. Barge had severe internal injuries and was in a lot of pain and died before he could be euthanized or at least administered any pain meds.
The man was not very good with people, but he did love his dog. Not too long after that. The man began to drink and take drugs and was very angry toward the few people he did speak to. He isolated himself and felt so terrible about killing his dog, he eventually had a stroke.

I realize those posters have their own opinions. I’d like to see them apologize to the owner of Sweet Jasmine. I think they should write a check to Recycled Love as a way of acknowledging that their comments were completely inappropriate.

Comment from kelly
Time November 8, 2009 at 12:01 am

jasmine touched so many people with her strenght and courage. what a tragic ending to her life. thank god she was loved and had a wonderful life during her final days.

Comment from keltydogscat
Time March 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

To those who spoke up about how accidents happen- thank you. My dog got out when I wasn’t home and was hit by a car. I feel so guilty. My sister said this- “accidents are the worst because there is nothing to learn by them and everyone feels awful.” I loved my dog and while I have no interest in getting a new one- it hurts me terribly to see people judge others for accidents.

Comment from NANCY
Time October 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm

who was the person responsible for neglect of sweet jasmine? this poor girl was not in good hands.

Comment from Candy
Time November 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm

The entire story of Jasmine is in the book “The Lost Dogs” by Jim Gorant

Comment from Bryan
Time November 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Rest in peace sweet Jasmine..you truly where a fighter, in the most positive way…say hello to my Saba from me…hopefolly I’ll meet you in Heaven, when my time has come..

Brian Jonsson

Comment from Howlindawgs
Time December 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Oh,that poor sweet baby to survive such horrors only to have life snuffed out in an instant. Rest in peace, little angel <3 I know your foster mommy and daddy are heartbroken. It was nobodys fault but just a terrible, sad thing. G-dspeedover the Rainbow Bridge little love.

Comment from Samantha
Time January 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Jasmine was not neglected, her owner spent weeks before she left the country with family to make sure the jasmine was with someone she could trust and so could jasmine. Poor jasmine would only come to her owner and the person who was watching her let go of her leash for a second and when he asked her to come back she ran. I followed jasmines story all through the book and cried so much when I red what happened. Especially with what happened to the little red dog. Jasmine touched me the most of any dogs in the story and every time I think about her I cry.

Comment from Rhonda
Time February 22, 2011 at 11:40 am

I’m reading “The lost dogs” right now, where Jasmine is just starting to come into herself when I decided to do a search online to track her progress..very say to learn she’d passed. Maybe something frightened her and she had a bad memory of something from her past and she bolted.. if there’s blame place it where it belongs..at Vicks doorstop…R.I.P sweet Jasmine..my condolences to her family and thank you for helping her and countless others…

Comment from Sarah
Time March 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Theres a book about it. Sweet Jasmine was really shy and the man Catalina had left her with she was comfortable with. he had a dog too. when they went on a walk when catalina had gone to croatia with her husbad and children. his dog stepped in some glass so he focused on his dog. Sweet jasmine had only wandered of a little and was not knowing of the fact that she wasnt on leash. before he could stop her sweet jasmine was off. he went and searched for her for so long. soon enough he went back home eager to try to find jasmine in the morning. he was called the next day that Sweet Jasmine had been killed by a car. When catatlina got the call she came home write away.
A kind man painted a picture of Sweet Jasmine for Catalina. so catalina hung it in her daughters room. they put little butterflies around it. This was Sweet Jasmine’s memorial.
a few weeks later catalina spotted a bird it was sing ing the song that she used to sing to sweet jasmine. it was a sign. like she had done when her grandmother died catalina got a tatto this time in the shape of a bird. Sweet Jasmine the Bird.

Comment from Sarah
Time March 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

YEs the book is Called the lost dogs by jim gorant he also wrote the article in the sports illustrated magazine and yes the book talks not just about jasmine but about the case of the vick dogs(bad newz kennelz) how tthey were evaluated and their nex life. it tells the tales of leo aka bouncer johnny justice aka johnny rotten and sweet jasmine aka the angel

on the day that jasmine was born
the angels sang a beautiful song
on the day that jasmine was born
the angels danced and they danced,
and smiled and raised up their hands,
on the day that jasmine was born

Comment from KaD
Time February 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Jasmine’s death was not an accident. Fighting dogs are permanently scarred by their upbringing as shown in this study by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: http://www.thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/search/label/vick%20dogs

Comment from Linda S
Time May 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

KaD, your comment is not only completely wrong factually it’s also damaging emotionally. Years of working and educating and you come up with something as mindless and destructive as this? I know that some people are just too narrow minded to see past their own bigotry. You don’t, however, have to take others down that dark path with you. Please take your hatred to a forum that appreciates it.

Comment from Anonymous
Time May 11, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Thank you Linda S for your comments. I also disagree with KaD. KaD needs to take her negativity and hatred elsewhere. Not understanding what these innocent animals went through in the hands of Vick and all his torturings. I am just finishing the book, “lost dogs” and I couldn’t stop crying. Poor little Jasmine. I felt that I had experienced her love and I really love dogs, especially pitbulls. People need to stop the hatred and discrimination against this wonderful loyal breed.

Comment from Ann D.
Time May 11, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Thank you Linda S, I also completely disagree with KaD. This is not the place for your negativity and hatred. Direct all your hatred towards Vick who tortured these innocent animals. People need to stop hating and discriminated against this loyal breed. I love pitbulls and how sweet they are. I am just finishing the book, “lost dogs” and just read that Jasmine was struck by a car and died. Oh poor Jasmine, I felt that I had I knew her and felt her presence in my life. Catalina was fortunate to be able to be in this little angel’s life. Rest in peace sweet precious girl.