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Oakland couple rescues Vick's pit bulls

August 15, 2008 | 12:45 pm

Michael Vick's rescued pit bulls

An Oakland couple that has rescued hundreds of pit bulls to help reverse the dogs' criminal image has set its sights on the most villified outcasts of all: fighting pit bulls taken from disgraced football star Michael Vick, The Times' John Glionna writes.

Tim Racer, above, and Donna Reynolds, who head a rescue group called Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls (or BAD RAP), have taken in 13 of Vick's dogs, finding homes for 10 so far.

In most dog-fighting busts, the animals are euthanized. But this time, a federal judge ordered Vick to pay for the dogs to be assessed individually by experts who would look past the breed's stereotype.

"The Vick case is a milestone," said Reynolds, 46. "For once, these dogs were not destroyed, dismissed as ticking time bombs. They were seen for what they are -- as victims."

Photo: Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times

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