What started as a horrific story that captured the nation in 2007 has finally turned into a message of healing. After football star Michael Vick was indicted for his part in a dog fighting organization, many were left wondering what happened to the dogs rescued from the operation.
Today, Hector, one of Vick’s former fighting dogs, is at peace and in good dog health with a new family. The pit bull is now a licensed therapy dog, spending his time at nursing homes, schools and hospitals, according to Peoplepets.com.
Clara Yori, Hector’s new owner, tells the news provider that more people are sympathetic to the pit bull after hearing about his past.
"I always thought that people might back away when I tell them what he is or what he comes from," Clara says. "But it’s been the opposite. They see the dogs as victims, and they feel sorry for him."
According to CNN, the investigation on Vick began in April 2007, when authorities found 54 pit bulls on the football player’s property. The football star received a 23-month sentence for his part in the illegal operation.