Layla, One of the Last Rescued “Vicktory Dogs,” Has Died

Twelve years after the Michael Vick dogfighting ring was discovered and busted, we salute the heroes who changed the world’s perception of dogs like these.

Photo: Best Friends Animal Society

Vicktory Dog: Mya

AT BEST FRIENDS (AND STILL ALIVE AS OF JULY 17, 2019). For a dog who was terrified of her own shadow, Mya has come a long way. She is exceptionally kind and calm around other animals; one of her best friends is the office cat. At times, Mya is still a fearful, fragile girl, and she’s still on the long road to recovery. She’s a dog who has never experienced so much of life, and everyday sounds and things, like doorbells, washing machines, front porches and rocking chairs, are still frightening.

The strength, joy and resiliency of these remarkable pit bulls made them all heroes. In these many years since 2007, some of these dogs have passed on — but we can all still learn a lot from each and every one of them.

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Special thanks to Best Friends Animal Society for help with this article, which was originally published in 2017 and was last updated on July 17, 2019.