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Former Vick dog meets third graders

hectorStill bearing scars on his chest and front legs, Hector, a pit bull that was part of Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation, mingled with third-graders Tuesday at the Barack and Michelle Obama Learning Elementary School in St. Paul.

Hector, one of 52 dogs rescued from the NFL quarterback’s dogfighting operation, is now a registered therapy dog. His school visit was part of an educational program sponsored by A Rotta Love Plus, a pit bull and Rottweiler rescue group.

The 4-year-old dog was placed with a family in Rochester, Minn.

“He’s the sweetest dog in the world,” said Kellie Dillner, of the rescue organization. “It’s hard to imagine him having to act any other way.”

The 55-pound dog received several hugs and lots of attention from the students, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

Vick, a former Atlanta Falcons star quarterback, served 18 months in prison for his role in dogfighting, in which several dogs were killed and dozens more injured. He was reinstated to the NFL and joined the Philadelphia Eagles in September.

(Photo: Hector with owner Clara Yori of Rochester. By Kyndell Harkness, Minneapolis Star Tribune)


Comment from Laurie
Time December 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

What a nice story for Christmas Eve.

Hector should be the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, not the man who put the scars on his body.

Comment from Sarah
Time December 24, 2009 at 6:39 pm

I absolutely agree! These dogs are such wonderful creatures who have endured far too much. We love our rescue dogs and only hope others see how wonderful they truly are!

Comment from Audrey
Time December 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I would really like to see Vick visit the 3rd graders with one of the former dogs!

Comment from Starla
Time December 26, 2009 at 11:41 pm

What a Grrrrreat story! Hector is such a luv bug & a Doggy Super Hero after the horrors he lived through at the hands of Michael Vick. Kudos to Clara & Roo for all that they do for this breed. You guys ROCK & so do Hector & Wallace! 🙂