Remember Craven's blog post about Mel, one of the Vick dogs? The scared shitless one?
Here is old footage of Mel, still in Virginia, soon after being rescued from the depraved Michael Vick:
And here is Mel after 3 years of "expert rehabilitation" at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and subsequent adoption. His owner says “When people pet him, I tell them, pet him from under his chin, not over his head. He lives in fear of someone putting their hand over his head.”(Did you catch the head rubs from the video?)
When he went to his new adoptive home, he was described as, "quivering in the corner. Shaking uncontrollably. Convulsing...scared shitless." The new owners said it took a while before they could even pet him.
What gives? Best Friends is not only an established and incredibly well-funded sanctuary that boasts having expert dog trainers and behaviorists, it was given $18,000 per Vick dog and mandated by court to provide adequate care of the dogs for the well-being of the dogs themselves and for the people who tend to them and to take special precautions to keep the dogs safely.
After three years, how could Mel be doing so badly that many people believe the most humane thing for him would be humane euthanization?
Evidently, even animal rescue groups are questioning Best Friends' handling of their dogs. Despite the court order, there have been so many problems with Best Friends and the Vick dogs that according to one blogger "a Bay Area animal group has recently challenged BFAS on their care of the former Vick dogs, citing their methods and progress as inappropriate and poor, and registering their complaints with the court that issued the original order for the disposition of the Vick dogs."Second Link
But, at least they got the psychologically fragile Mel adopted into a carefully selected home with owners who are highly sensitive to Mel's needs and have a quiet lifestyle compatible with Mel's fragile mental health and who, above all, would not exploit Mel.
Meet the Owners
SUNNY HUNTER- manager of a tacky franchise strip club/jungle theme park/hooters with a $5 dollar lunch special
Richard Hunter - self-proclaimed narcissist who calls himself "Big Dick" even though his last name is Hunter. Avoid the trophy room.
Publicity seeking radio personality BIG DICK HUNTER hangs with a human aggressive dog.
About three years ago, he seemed to be building a career and was able to get some pretty big names on promotion tours - Jason Reitman, Jeff Bridges, and Jason Schwartzman. Then everyone found out he was a prick and suddenly he's interviewing the likes of OJ Simpson, Joe Francis, Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson.
Do check out the interview with Jason Reitman in which he totally confounds the director by asking if the "secret" message of his movie Juno is that teen sex with strangers is the better choice, especially if it results in an unintended pregnancy. BIG DICK HUNTER ends the interview by asking Reitman for acting advice on how to play a credible gay character and Reitman tells him to "just be himself" and "wear that hat."
If you check out his youtube channel, skip his attempts at improv , the interview with OJ Simpson and the clip of him hanging with Joe Francis on the Girls Gone Wild bus about 6 months before Francis went to jail unless you're wearing vomit proof shoes.
Poor Mel. Despite the extensive screening Best Friends did, he fell into the hands of a bottom feeding exploitative narcissist. And, it gets worse. BIG DICK HUNTER attempted to use Mel to climb back out of the scum and, instead of interviewing murderers, wife beaters and child pornographers, he decided to try his hand at being a morally superior ambush reporter bringing to light the injustices of the world.
He is going to confront Michael Vick. With what? With his poor, pathetic dog. He dares Michael Vick to meet Mel. Luckily for Mel, BIG DICK HUNTER fails miserably.
You'll see that instead of ambushing Vick, he only manages to get a shot of Vick's bodyguard's massive back while being manhandled by another bodyguard. He claims he showed the picture of Mel to Vick and Vick looked him right in the eye. What really happened is all he managed to get is a 2 second Big Foot clip of half of Vick's face which he freeze frames to make it look as if Vick "looked him in the eye." BIG DICK HUNTER is probably the only person on earth who could manage to make himself look like a bigger asshole than Michael Vick.
GREAT WORK BFAS!
Thank you Craven Desires for your info and the photos!