Oscar the Vicktory Dog
Representing Dogfighting Survivor “Monsters” advocating for responsible ownership & an end to breed discrimination
Rescued in 2007, Oscar is a survivor of NFL player Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting operation.
My name is Oscar, and I am a survivor of NFL player Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting operation. Historically, animals seized in a fighting bust were humanely euthanized, but in a groundbreaking legal decision, each of the 51 dogs discovered on the property were viewed as the victims of this cruel “sport”. The court granted us the chance to be evaluated as individuals for potential placement with rescue organizations across the country. We surprised everyone, even our advocates, by how well we did in these evaluations: 49 out of 51 dogs passed the evaluations.
21 dogs, including me, were released to the care of Best Friends Animal Society, where they dubbed us the Vicktory Dogs. At Best Friends, I was allowed time to recover from my abuse, learn to trust people, and become the dog I am today.
In the spring of 2012 I found my forever home, where I am loved for the dog I am. I have scars on my body, scars on my soul — I will never be fully healed from the abuse I suffered, but given the choice, I choose to spend my life holding down the couch, taking car rides, destroying stuffies, and hanging out with my dogs friends.
I was a Victim, but that is the past. I don’t dwell on the past.
I am Victorious.
I am Oscar.